Kurdish officials also expressed ignorance of any weapons-making activity in the Islamists’ enclave. Kurdish government forces have been fighting sporadically with the group since 2001. They questioned Powell’s labelling of the satellite photo, ‘Terrorist Poison and Explosives Factory, Khurmal,’ as the village of Khurmal is not controlled by Ansar al-Islam but by the more moderate Islamic group, Komala Islami Kurdistan.