KURDISH ISLAMIC UNION
Also known as Yekgirtu, the Kurdish Islamic Union is the largest Islamic organisation in Iraqi Kurdistan. It was formally established in 1994.
The group's leaders fought the 1992 legislative elections in Kurdish-controlled Iraq, winning third place behind the KDP and PUK.
The party is currently led by Secretary-General Sheikh Salah al-Din Muhammad Baha al-Din.
The party is supported mainly by donations from Saudi Islamic organisations.
Active in charity work in the region, the party has been building mosques, clinics and schools in rural areas, where it has a strong following.