Yemen clerics approve fight if foreign military invasion

A group of Yemen clerics on Thursday signed a statement saying jihad was permitted in case of any foreign military invasion in the country.

Yemen clerics approve fight if foreign military invasion

A group of Yemen clerics on Thursday signed a statement saying jihad was permitted in case of any foreign military invasion in the country.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, urged Washington to consider targeting suspected Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen with armed drones, air strikes or covert operations.

"Most options ought to be on the table," the Michigan Democrat said.

"If any party insists on aggression, or invades the country, then according to Islam, jihad becomes obligatory," said a statement signed by 150 clerics read at a news conference in the capital.

The clerics also stressed "strong rejection of any foreign intervention in Yemeni affairs, whether political or military."

They also rejected any security or military agreement or cooperation (between Yemen and) any foreign party if it violates Islamic Sharia (law) and the setting up any military bases in Yemen, or in its territorial waters.

On Monday, Sheikh Abdulmajeed al-Zendani warned that any US military intervention in Yemen would be considered an occupation.

The Yemeni government insisted it can tackle the issues on its own.

US President Barack Obama has said he has "no intention" of sending troops to Yemen, or to Somalia, in the Horn of Africa just across the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Yemeni officials on Wednesday announced the death of a suspected Al-Qaeda leader in the eastern province of Shabwa .

Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2010, 14:26
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