Mullah Krekar, former leader of the militant Kurdish group Ansar al-Islam, presents his book “Med egne ord” – In My Own Words – at a press conference on Thursday. The autobiography includes a series of shocking revelations, including the admission that Krekar tried to get funding from Osama bin Laden, newspaper VG reports. This 2004 Al Jazeera TV appearance by Mullah Krekar caused even more confusion when he was referred to as the head of the militant Ansar al-Islam, a connection he allegedly severed years before.
Other riveting tales from the spiritual leader, born Najmuddin Farah Ahmad, include how the teenaged Krekar took a pilot’s head as a trophy in his early years as a liberationist guerrilla and memories of how Kurds endured vicious bombing from Iraqi Baathists and others.
Krekar hoped that bin Laden would help fund the Kurdish jihad-movement and met with the al-Qaida leader in Peshawar in Pakistan around 1990.
Krekar describes bin Laden as a silent man who was only known as a wealthy, potential benefactor. Krekar relates that he did not receive any financial assistance from bin Laden, and two later attempts by an emissary to raise funds for the Kurdistan resistance also met with failure.
Krekar claims that bin Laden preferred to back rebels in Afghanistan.
The controversial mullah, who is currently fighting an deportation order in Norway, writes effusively about his new homeland, telling immigrant readers living here that it is a Muslim duty to maintain the laws of their new home.
Krekar thanks Norway for its protection and patience and says that Muslims gaining residency in Norway and other western nations have a holy duty to observe the laws and rules that apply there.
The mullah also defends the ongoing resistance effort in Iraq against the American-led occupation forces, VG reports.