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The Norwegian-based jihadist Mullah Krekar was yesterday interviewed in Oslo by CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and by CBS. The interview is to be broadcast on CBS’ 60 Minutes news show, according to the daily VG (in Norwegian).

Krekar is the former leader of the Iraqi al-Qaida-linked group Ansar al-Islam, which was named as possible instigator of recent terrorist attacks in Iraq. Krekar has political asylum in Norway. Norwegian authorities want to expel him for violations of the terms of his status and regard him as a threat to national security. But Krekar is walking free in Oslo pending a final decision on the expulsion order. Norwegian police recently dropped terrorism charges against Krekar.

Norwegian investigators asked the U.S. to help with providing evidence against Krekar when Attorney General John Ashcroft visited Norway last month. Ashcroft expressed deep concern regarding Krekar. U.S. officials suspect that Krekar’s group Ansar al-Islam have establised a presence in several American cities. See also this Newsweek item and Krekar is enjoying immunity in Norway.

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