Saudi Smoke & mirrors:
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority yesterday denounced terror attacks as un-Islamic and condemned the killing of civilians, saying such attacks have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.
“Terrorism is criminal and spills the blood of innocents,” said Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh, the kingdom’s senior most cleric. “It attacks security, spreads terror among the people and creates problems for society … Such acts are forbidden by Islamic law,” he said in a statement reported on the official SPA news agency. “It is necessary to fight against the attempts by some to attach terrorism to Islam and Muslims with the goal of distorting the religion and to assail its leadership role in the world,” he added. The statement was for a conference on international cooperation in fighting terrorism and its financing, to open Saturday in Riyadh.
We posted the jihad-terror exhortations from the Koran and the hadith here many times. The mufti calls for religiously mandated lying. For him, the enemy are those who “assail the leadership role of Islam in the world”, in other words those who oppose the spread of Islam. That’s us, people….
Meanwhile two of four Saudi soldiers heldÂ captive by Yemeni Shia rebels arrived in Riyadh late ThursdayÂ after they were released to mediators, Saudi and Yemen officialsÂ reported. Ahmed Abdullah Al-Amri and Khaled Saleh al-Awda were flown byÂ helicopter to Sanaa after their release and then on to Riyadh byÂ jet. There, they were greeted by assistant defence minister PrinceÂ Khaled bin Sultan, the official Saudi news agency Spa said. Another two Saudi soldiers remained in the hands of the HuthiÂ rebels however, part of a group of five the rebels captured duringÂ fighting on the two countries’ border between November and January. The first member of the group was returned Monday, as a fledgingÂ truce between Yemen troops and the rebels held. . That truce came after more than five months of heavy fighting inÂ the northern mountains, which pulled Saudi armed forces into theÂ fray.