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Radical Syrian Deletes Suicide Bombing Fatwa
by John Rossomando
A radical Syrian cleric who spent January on a U.S. fundraising tour has erased a 2001 fatwa endorsing suicide bombings from his website.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) uncovered Sheikh Mohammad Rateb Nabulsi's fatwa last month, during his visit to raise money for two Syrian-American groups. Nabulsi visited 15 cities around the country throughout January as part of the "Syria: A Nation In Need" tour that was co-sponsored by the Syrian American Council (SAC) and Shaam Relief.
Nabulsi's April 23, 2001 fatwa drew a distinction between those who commit suicide out of a sense of despair and the "Fedayeen" who "presents himself as a sacrifice for his religion and his Umma."
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