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Egyptian papers are giving much space to news about the anticipated war on Iraq. Some articles tackle the morality of the war and others discuss the issue from a religious point of view.
The article comments on the charismatic character of Pope John Paul II and his deteriorating health conditions. It also comments on the stand of the pope towards many international issues.
American authorities have escalated a campaign against Muslims of Iraqi origin. The FBI has started an investigation campaign called “The Armor of Freedom” with thousands of Iraqis.
The director of the office of the general mufti of Bulgaria says that the Islamic conference that was supposed to be held in Bulgaria this month has been postponed because of the war on Iraq.
The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) has called upon churches to cancel Easter festivities and have only prayers in solidarity with the Iraqi people.
Omar Bakri, leader of London-based Al-Muhajjerin [emigrants] group, says that US soldiers in Iraq are legal targets for the mujahideen who want to attack US-British forces.
The British Home Secretary declared that Britain has withdrawn its citizenship from Egyptian fundamentalist Abu Hamza Al-Masri, head of the London-Based Ansar Al-Shari´a [Shari´a supporters] group.
The author comments on the effect of the war in Iraq on Muslims in France. He believes that the French anti-war attitude has reconciled their religious and national identities.
The General director of the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (IESCO) speaks about the role of the organization and comments on the problems facing the Islamic world.
The Archbishop of York will lead special prayers in the Anglican Church for the Iraqi people. The Mufti of Turkey issued a fatwa to the effect that soldiers who will die in such a war will not be considered martyrs.


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