Unprecedented call from Syria's top Muslim religious authority
Syria's mufti calls for suicide attacks on coalition troops
'Resistance to the belligerent invaders is an obligation for all Muslims,' said Sheikh Ahmad Kaftaro.
DAMASCUS - Syrian mufti Sheikh Ahmad Kaftaro, the
country's top Muslim religious authority, called
Thursday for suicide bombings against the US and
British invaders in Iraq.
"I call on Muslims everywhere to use all means
possible to thwart the aggression, including
martyr operations against the belligerent American
, British and Zionist invaders," he said in a
"Resistance to the belligerent invaders is an
obligation for all Muslims, starting with those in
Iraq," the mufti said.
This is the first time that a senior Syrian
religious figure has called for suicide attacks
against US and British troops in Iraq. Syria views
suicide attacks by Palestinians against Israel as
a legitimate "resistance to occupation."
Kaftaro called on Muslims everywhere to boycott US
and British products and those from countries
backing their attack on Iraq. He also urged "free
citizens" all over the world to demonstrate,
strike and disrupt airports and ports and any
other facilities that support the war effort in
Separately, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
predicted the United States and Britain would
never be able to bring Iraq under their full
control and would face "popular Arab resistance",
in an interview published on Thursday in Lebanese
daily As-Safir. 27 March