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Fallujah scholars reject al-Qaeda call for demonstrators to take up arms

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The Fallujah Scholars Council on Saturday (February 2nd) rejected an online al-Qaeda call for demonstrators in Iraq to take up arms as a means to implement their demands.

The Council, which comprises 22 prominent clerics who manage religious and social affairs in the area, issued a statement describing al-Qaeda's call as corrupt.

"Those whose hands are stained with innocent people's blood are trying again to incite the Iraqi people, including the people of Fallujah, to take up arms," the Council said in a statement obtained by Al-Shorfa.

"As we know the true intentions of the murderers who tarnished the image of religion, we confirm the call is rejected," it said.

"Demonstrations will remain peaceful as they are the civilised way for people to receive their freedom and legitimate demands," it said.

Khaled Hamoud, deputy chairman of the Council, told Al-Shorfa the call fell on deaf ears in Fallujah and other places as everyone knows the group is only looking for sabotage.

"We issued this statement just to confirm our official position to all town residents across the board," he said.

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    حسام الجزري

    2013-2-14

    May God have mercy upon our martyrs. I do not accept this situation or the murder and bloodshed that targets our civilian brothers and honorable soldiers. I think that a group of the Iraqi people accepts this pathetic situation in Iraq as long as they are allowed to do as they wish on occasions, which was the problem that martyr Saddam had with them. He prevented them from these celebrations, and thus they hated him and collaborated with the enemies of the nation.

  • جنان هادي

    2013-2-11

    May God bless you brother Hamoud. We are all brothers whether Sunnis or Shia and we will never sell our home.

  • ياسر مهدي

    2013-2-6

    The comments were supposed to be about the subject matter of the news article, but all comments digressed towards insulting and offending Mr. al-Maliki. Thus, in order to establish truth and use some logic and common sense, I would like to say to every… that al-Maliki is the first elected Iraqi prime minister and that he came to power through popular vote and by the will of the people. He didn’t inherit the reign blindly from his predecessor and he enjoys great legitimacy and huge public support since he is from the people, for the people and to the people. He never employed malicious media machines to burnish his image as most – if not all – Arab leaders do. His image is impeccably bright and is not as murky as that of certain people. This is because he is a just ruler, he is one of the people, he is loyal to his people and he never tainted his hands with the blood of Arabs.

  • حسن عبد الله

    2013-2-3

    Fallujah has bled a lot, and Iraqis have suffered a lot, and you terrorists love blood and killing, as if you are the vampires of this age! The Iraqi army is nothing but an army like any other army in the world; it protects the homeland and its citizens. But who are you, terrorists? You are no more than tiny bad insects; we are tired of you and we are fed up! O God, please, we ask you to rid us of these, the worst people on earth! God is our supporter and best helper!

  • فتحى عثمان قطايه من مصر

    2013-2-3

    Instead of carrying arms, let Al-Maliki leave and we should elect someone who is accepted by all sects. After that, all the sects must give up their arms, so that all the children of Iraq live in peace. This is enough! When will we get some rest?

  • باقر الصبيحاوي

    2013-2-3

    Please use the word (captives) instead of (prisoners) since these people are not prisoners but political captives who didn’t commit any acts of crime. Please demand the release of the captives languishing in al-Maliki’s public and secret prisons.

  • حمود الشمري

    2013-2-3

    Brothers, keep your comments relevant to what you want to talk about and stay away from sectarian altercations. We should express our own views regarding Iraqi political figures. For example, we can say that Maliki is a dictator, Sadr practices sectarianism and commands a murderous militia, Hashimi is a terrorist and Dhari heads the Association of Criminal Scholars. However, Maliki does not represent the poor Shiites in the south nor does Hashimi represent ordinary Iraqi people. Let us all chant and roar, and let us say that we Sunnis and Shiites are brothers and we will not sell our nation. Let us stay away from abhorrent sectarianism, which kills both Sunnis and Shiites and does favor to no one except those who are spiteful against Iraq and its history.