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Iraqi urges Muslims to denounce terror
Updated: 2005-11-15 23:15

Muslim clerics and scholars must do more to denounce terrorism and its leaders or risk allowing Islamic radicalism to spread, the president of Iraq said at a conference Tuesday.

"It is incumbent on Muslim theologians — and all Muslim thinkers — to make sure these criminals have no peace and have no room," Jalal Talabani told a gathering of religious and political leaders examining ways to improve contacts between the West and Muslim nations.

Terrorism has dominated the agenda and showed the deep quandaries over how to wage an intellectual battle against al-Qaida and other radical groups. Talabani echoed the appeals of many moderate Muslims for sharper anti-terrorist condemnations from religious authorities, such as Sunni clerics who have influence in regions of Iraq considered rebel strongholds.

"Islamic leaders and philosophers must expose that they (the terrorist groups) are only trying to deceive their followers and they do nothing but destruction," he said.
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