Kurdistan Islamic Group
|Kurdistan Islamic Group
كۆمەڵی ئيسلامیی لە كوردستان
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Kurdistan Islamic Group (colloquially referred to as Komal or Komala; Kurdish: كؤمةلَي ئيسلامي لة كوردستان/ عيراق Kurdish: Komala Islami le Kurdistan/Iraq) is an Islamist movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. It practices the method of “ Sunnah and Jamaa’h” Established by Ali Bapir in May 2001. Bapir is a former member of the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan. The group reportedly receives funding from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
It has been linked to the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam, but released a statement on 11 October 2004 in Islamic Group of Kurdistan denying that any such links existed. Bapir was interviewed in January 2003. He said:
" Our policy is that we enter into fraternity and cooperation with all Islamic groups. We seek such fraternal relations with Islamic parties and organizations, Islamist figures, and groups that follow a Salafi tradition or a Sufi or a scientific tradition. In the Komala Islami, we believe that the group must be open-minded and seek fraternity with all those who call or act for Islam. If we see a mistake, we will try to correct it through dialogue and by creating a fraternal atmosphere."
In the Iraqi legislative election of January 2005, it decided to run independently from the main Kurdish coalition. It received over 60,000 votes (about 0.7%) and two seats in the transitional National Assembly of Iraq. After the elections, the party agreed to join the Kurdish alliance's National Assembly caucus.
At the same time, it won 85,237 votes and 6 Kurdish National Assembly seats in the Kurdistan election on the same day. In the Local elections, that day they won 18,781 votes (2.9%) and 1 seat (out of 41) in Hawler as well as 53,088 votes (7.3%) and 3 (out of 41) seats in Silemani.
In the Iraqi Kurdistan legislative election, 2009 they formed a coalition with the Kurdistan Islamic Union, Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party and the Future Party, called the Service and Reform List. The list came third in the election winning 240,842 votes (12.8%) and 13 (out of 111) seats.
In the Iraqi legislative election, 2010 they formed their own independent list. They received 152,530 votes (1.32%) and 2 seats (one in Hawler and one in Silemani)
One of the senior members of the Komal, Dilshad Garmiyani, called on supporters to boycott the Iraqi Kurdistan parliamentary election, 2013, saying that "nowhere in the Koran or the words of Prophet Muhammad are elections mentioned" 
- Kurdistan Polls Raise Opposition Hopes of a Power Shift, Rudaw, 29 August 2013