Fighting fire with fire: Syria calls for jihad on jihadists

By REUTERS
March 11, 2013 17:55

 
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BEIRUT - One of the pillars of President Bashar Assad's leadership is secularism, but nearly two years into a fight which it says is spearheaded by hardline Islamist terrorists, Damascus has decided to employ its enemy's tactic: jihad.

The highest official Sunni Muslim body in Syria, closely linked to the government, issued a religious decree on Sunday calling on Syrians to join the military, which it called both "a national and a religious duty".

The Dar al-Ifta council said members of the Syrian army "raise up the words of God in our beloved country" in their "defense and jihad for Syria."

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