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Russian Muslim leader rebuffed after call for holy war against US

A top Russian Muslim cleric proposed declaring a jihad, or holy war, against the United States because of the war on Iraq but was slapped down by the head of the main Russian Muslim community. A spokesman for Talgut Tadzhuddin, titular head of the Muslims in European Russia, told AFP the jihad proposal “will be discussed by a special congress” of the Muslims of European Russia in Moscow on Saturday. “Russian Muslims have real means of pressure against the United States,” the Interfax news agency quoted Tadzhuddin as saying, referring to the US-led attack on Iraq launched on March 20 to eliminate its alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. “We will create a fund for the purchase of weapons and supplies for the Iraqi people,” he said. Full Story

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