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    KURDS PUZZLED BY REPORT OF TERROR CAMP C. J. Chivers, New York Times, 2/6/03 http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/06/international/middleeast/06ANSA.html ERBIL, Iraq
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      KURDS PUZZLED BY REPORT OF TERROR CAMP
      C. J. Chivers, New York Times, 2/6/03
      http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/06/international/middleeast/06ANSA.html


      ERBIL, Iraq - Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's assertion today
      that Islamic extremists were operating a poisons training camp and
      factory in northern Iraq appeared to surprise Kurdish officials, who
      greeted the claim with a mix of satisfaction and confusion.

      The officials were pleased to hear an American effort to discredit
      their Islamist enemies, and to sense momentum toward war to unseat
      Saddam Hussein. But some also wondered if the intelligence Mr. Powell
      presented to the United Nations Security Council was impreciseĀ…

      One senior Kurdish official, a member of the Patriotic Union of
      Kurdistan who is familiar with the intelligence on Ansar, said he had
      not heard of the laboratory Mr. Powell displayed.

      "I don't know anything about this compound," he said.

      Kurds also questioned whether Mr. Powell was mistaken, or had
      mislabeled the photograph. Khurmal, the village named on the photo,
      is controlled not by Ansar al-Islam but by Komala Islami Kurdistan, a
      more moderate Islamic groupĀ…



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