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(Oct 24, 2008) In response to a request sent to him by some members of the Iraqi Parliament, a Shiite cleric in Lebanon, Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, recently issued a religious edict (fatwa) requiring any agreement with the United States to provide for immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq. (American Campaign to Secure Approval of the Security Pact by Wavering Parties in Iraq [in Arabic], ALJAZEERA, Oct. 22, 2008, available at http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FD6FC043-C5FE-46DF-884E-D98D75D1AB1F.htm.) While they have no legal influence per se, fatwas issued by recognized religious authorities such as Fadlallah of Lebanon still carry a lot of weight with his followers in Iraq and elsewhere.

Author: Issam Saliba More by this author
Topic: International affairs More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Iraq More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 10/24/2008