BAGHDAD, May 23 (KUNA) -- An Iraqi MP Friday brushed aside reports
suggesting Sayyed Ali Sistani had issued a religious fatwa permitting armed
resistance against foreign forces, and affirmed that the Shiite cleric had
called, since collapse of baathist regime, for peaceful resistance.
Sheikh Jalaluddin Al-Saghir, head of the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) bloc
at the parliament, told KUNA these press reports about the alleged fatwa "are
He said the policy of Sistani was based "on resisting the occupiers via
peaceful means and he is still supporting the political process therefore
there these claims are false."
A source close to Sistani in Najaf said the senior cleric did not issue the
fatwa, and was still committed to his previous position which emphasized that
Iraq was not a scene for "jihad or armed confrontation."
The source, speaking to KUNA on condition of anonymity, said Sistani's
position was clear since the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime. "He had
called repeatedly for peaceful resistance to get the foreign forces out of
Iraq," he added.
Iraqi and Western media working in Iraq said Sistani has issued a number of
fatwas permitting armed resistance against foreign forces.
Sistani, since the 2003 liberation of Iraq, has always called for holding
free elections and rejected all forms of sectarian seditions. (end)
KUNA 240055 May 08NNNN