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Hard-line Saudi Wahhabi cleric Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi

Hard-line Saudi Wahhabi cleric Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi

A hard-line Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia has recently issued a special religious decree that permits the militants in Syria to engage in short-term marriages with Syrian women. Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi said that the marriages between the foreign-backed militants and Syrian women will satisfy the militants’ sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians. He added that the marriages, dubbed by him as “intercourse marriages,” can be with Syrian females as young as 14 years old. He also promised “paradise” for those who marry the militants. Arifi has issued similar decrees in the past in support of the violence in Syria. He has also been organizing a fundraiser for the militant groups fighting Syrian government forces. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country as there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. MP/SZH/HJL
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