Al-Qaeda Kurdish Battalions

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al-Qaeda Kurdish Battalions
(Arabic: تنظيم القاعدة الكتائب الكردية‎‎)
Participant in the Iraq war and
the Global War on Terrorism
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The Shahada flag commonly used by al-Qaeda.
Active March 2007-present[1]

Dilshad Kalari (Unknown to Unknown): Very little is known about Kalari although some sources believe him to be the operational leader of AQKB.

Abdullah Hassan al-Surani (2007 to Unknown): Surani has released public statements of behalf of AQKB and is believed to be the group’s official spokesman.[3]
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State Opponents

Non-State Opponents

al-Qaeda in the Kurdish Battalions (AQKB) is a militant Islamist organization,primarily active in the northern Iran-Iraq border. It is the Kurdish branch of al-Qaeda that has launched several attacks on the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq. The group was classified as a terrorist organization by the US State Department on January 1, 2012.[4]


AQKB was founded in 2007 after the apparent disbandment of Ansar al-Islam, another al-Qaeda-affiliated group. The group is considered to be relatively small, but it has camps in the Iranian towns of Mariwan and Sanandej.[5]


The group has launched several attacks, including its largest one being against KRG's Ministry of Interior in Erbil that killed 19 people in May 2007.[5] AQKB killed 7 border guards and one PUK security officer in Penjwan in July 2007.[6] In September 2010, two police officers were hurt by a failed suicide attack in Sulaymaniyah.[6]