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April 4, 2005

Mood Change in Iraq? Sunni Clerics Supporting Iraqi Police and Troops

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Coming from the department of really good news, we might be seeing the beginnings of a mood change in those pesky Sunni's - at least some of their clerics and scholars are throwing some support at the Iraqi army and police. In a fatwa (a good one this time) calling on the people to join the army, they issued a statement  that "the Army and police are the safeguard of the nation, as it is the nation's army and not an army of some militias or any other party."

- Middle East Online

Alarmed by the dearth of Sunnis in the new Iraqi security forces, leading clerics from the alienated religious minority called Friday on their followers to join the police and army.

A statement signed by 64 Sunni clerics was released as the community, which largely boycotted national elections two months ago, watched the Shiite majority and Kurds grab the levers of power and dominate the military and police.

"Because the army and police are the safeguard of the nation, as it is the nation's army and not an army of some militias or any other party, a group of clerics and scholars have issued a fatwa (religious decree) to call on the people to join the army," the statement said.

Until recently, many Sunni clerics have lashed out in weekly sermons against the heavily Shiite and Kurdish dominated Iraqi security forces and branded them collaborators with the Americans.

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More commentary(and a hat tip) - Jawa Report

Posted by Hyscience at April 4, 2005 11:34 AM



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