Libya’s jihadis reject violence against “Muslim regimes and innocent civiians

Libyan Islamist fighters who once tried to assassinate Muammar Gadaffi are about to publicly spurn violence in a move that is intended to weaken al-Qaida by undermining the religious rationale for waging jihad against Muslim regimes and killing innocent civilians.

Behind bars in Tripoli’s Abusalim prison the top leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group have written a 420-page book which Arab and western governments hope will strike a new blow in the ideological war against Osama bin Laden.

The move is doubly significant because Libyans have long played a key role in al-Qaida. The brother of one key bin Laden aide and Islamic scholar, Abu Yahya al-Libi, is one of the authors of the LIFG recantation document, entitled Corrective Studies in Understanding Jihad.

And what about non-Muslim regimes? Condemning violence against Muslim regimes can give comfort to Gadhaffi but certainly it does not on a global basis. It would also be convenient if they define “innocent civilians”: can non-Muslims be considered as such?

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