Rawti Shax is a terrorist organization of Kurdish-Sunni origin that aims to overthrow the Iraqi Kurdish regional government and replace it with a caliphate ruled by Shariah law. The founder of Rawti Shax is a Kurdish Sunni jihadist Islamic scholar, Mullah Krekar who came to Norway as a political refugee from northern Iraq in 1991. He was the original leader of the Islamist armed group Ansar al-Islam. In 2012 he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for making repeated death threats against Norwegian politicians and kurds.Image: Mullah Krekar, front, kneels to pray, after being released from prison in January 2015 after serving a 3 years of a 5 year prison term.For More on TRAC INSIGHT: The Rise of the Mega Imams, WorldwideOnce Mullah Krekar, was arrested and jailed in Norway in 2012, it prompted the group to draw up plans to kidnap and hold dignitaries, including the British ambassador, to barter for his release.…
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