Muslim Scholars denounces U.S. raid on its Baghdad offices

The Association of Muslim Scholars denounced on Saturday a raid by the U.S. and Iraqi forces on its offices in the Um al-Qura mosque in western Baghdad, while the U.S. military said that 18 "suspects" were detained there.

Muslim Scholars denounces U.S. raid on its Baghdad offices
The Association of Muslim Scholars denounced on Saturday a raid by the U.S. and Iraqi forces on its offices in the Um al-Qura mosque in western Baghdad, while the U.S. military said that 18 "suspects" were detained there.

"U.S. forces backed by aircraft, stormed at dawn today, the offices of the association after they smashed the doors, beat the guards and arrested them all," the Sunni body said in a statement obtained by Xinhua.

It said that 14 people were arrested by the troops during the raid that lasted four hours.

The association accused the U.S. forces of "stealing amounts of money allocated for the salaries of its employees and payments of hundreds of orphans."

The Sunni Muslim body denounced the raid describing it as "a reaction towards its anti-occupation stands."

The Association is a gathering of Sunni religious leaders formed on the 14th of April 2003, only four days after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad by a U.S.-led invasion.

The body's leaders remain as opposition to the Iraqi new government due to the fact that they believe joining political process when Iraq is under occupation is unjust.

Xinhua

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2007, 12:35
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