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Iraq's leading Muslim authority, the Association of Muslim Scholars, has condemned the killing, saying the captives were "simple people" who did not deserve their fate.
Dr Harith al-Dhari, secretary general of the AMS, told Aljazeera that "we are against killing hostages, particularly if it has been a group execution".
"Those 12 Nepalese hostages are simple people. They might have been deceived to serve the occupation forces."
"I wish they had not been treated so cruelly," he added.
Al-Dhari also called for the fair treatment of all persons in Iraq, irrespective of religion and creed.
"Through Aljazeera, I call on all groups who claim they are resistance and Islamic groups to be more merciful, just and humane while dealing with captives despite their religion, trends and reasons behind their presence in Iraq," he said.
Originally posted by electric squid carpet
I think hes being wise, he's taking things slowly and making the rebels feel like he's on their side, i think its going to take more of this attitude and a few more years to get people to calm down and accept that they are under a new system of government, running in guns blazing does not work.
Originally posted by looking4clues
if he was a man with any basic humanity in his character, which most muslims lack