The al-Qaeda terrorist group, led by the notorious Jordanian leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, launched its first Kurdish website on Tuesday. The new website – known as Pegy Jehad or live Jihad – contains a Fatwah with up-to-date news on terrorist activities in Iraq. The homepage also contains anti-Shiite banners and a photograph of Baghdad’s former governor Paul Bremer embracing a leading Shiite cleric while standing next to the American US secretary of State Colin Powell.
Users of the website have the opportunity to send and receive news through a series of email addresses opened through the hotmail internet email provider.
Pegy Jihad is al-Qaeda’s first website in Kurdish. Previously, the propagation of Kurdish documents and recordings was left to a group known as Ansar al-Sunna, which mainly operates in Kurdistan.
The organisation is an outshoot of Ansar al-Islam, a group with ties to Iran and whose administration officials have links to al-Qaeda. Ansar al-Sunna began in September 2001 and came from the unification of several Islamist groups originating from the mountains of northern Iraq on the Iranian border. In March 2003, US special forces attacked and scattered most of the Ansar al-Sunna fighters. The group is responsible for the many attacks against the Kurdish political parties.