ARBIL / Aswat al-Iraq: The investigation committee on the assassination of Journalist Sardasht Othman announced on Wednesday the arrest of a member of the Ansar al-Islam
armed group, who underlined that he took part in killing the journalist as he refused to work with the group.
According to the Turkish Intelligence official who debriefed me after my release, the Ansar al-Islam
organization has never before set a westerner free, so I realize that such insight is extremely rare.
are a militant group from Kurdish northern Iraq, suspected of involvement in attacks on US troops.
However police are continuing to investigate Krekar's links to Ansar al-Islam
and the charges have not yet been dropped.
is believed to have ties to al Qaida.
Krekar, a co-founder of Islamic group Ansar al-Islam
who holds refugee status in Norway, was arrested on 2 January on accusations that he cooperated in the attempted murder of his political enemies in northern Iraq.
But local leaders blamed extremists from Ansar al-Islam
, a group whose base in Kurdish territory was stormed by local fighters and US troops last year.
US officials have said at least some of the attacks may have been orchestrated by Saddam's former deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who may have forged an alliance with the Kurdish religious extremist group Ansar al-Islam
There had been 'reasonable progress' in capturing or killing the 55 most wanted Iraqi leadership figures but there had been 'somewhat slower progress tracking down the Taliban' and the US was 'just getting started' in tackling Iraqi terror group Ansar Al-Islam
KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: A combined security force killed a leading member of the Ansar al-Islam
, an offshoot group from the Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) network, and wounded his aide during clashes that erupted between the two sides southwest of Kirkuk , an Iraqi army official said on Sunday.
Two terror groups, the little known 1920 Revolution Brigades and Ansar al-Islam
, have claimed responsibility for the attack which came as Iraq went to the polls.
Brigadier-General Mark Kimmitt, US military spokesman, said investigations would focus on "foreign terrorist groups" including Ansar Al-Islam
The Bush Administration believes he remained in the country to orchestrate attacks for the radical Islamic group Ansar al-Islam
US officials suspect the group of Tuesday's bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, but Ansar al-Islam
yesterday denied any role.
But he claimed that both Ansar al-Islam
and al-Qaeda "had been working on poisons" at the base.