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Friday, January 21, 2005



Sunni Clerics for elections?


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According to Defense America, it looks like the Sunni Clerics have approved for their followers to participate in elections. The meeting was hosted by Diyala Gov. Abdullah Hassan Rashid al-Jburi (in Baqubah) who invited anyone ranging from the religious to "insurgents." The "insurgents" were given amnesty as long as they had not killed anyone. Although I doubt that all the "insurgents" who attended had clean hands, this was perhaps a gesture of mercy shown to the opposition in hopes of separating the "hardened" terrorists to those who were more open.


Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Snow, USA

Government officials from Iraq's Diyala province gathered Jan. 18 to host Peace Day at the Diyala provincial government building in Baqubah


More from Defense America:
Haialy read a Fatwa "a religious order" during the meeting signed by a group of Sunni religious leaders of Diyala which reversed their position on upcoming elections, approving Sunni participation.

U.S. Army Col. Dana J.H. Pittard, 3rd Brigade Combat Team commander, also attended the event and addressed the gathering. "Sign the forms, talk to Iraqi security forces, and then be peaceful. That is all that is being asked of you," he said. "We are temporary guests in your great country, and we will leave when all is secure or when we are asked."

The event ended on a positive note when Pittard, as a symbol of goodwill, extended a peace offering in the form of a handshake to a local sheik with whom multinational forces have had strained relations. The sheik accepted and pledged to work together toward peace in Diyala

Looks like the Sunni's might be in this election after all, or at least the leadership. Selah!



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