Aussie Islamists blame coalition

March 8, 2006 at 11:15 AM
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SYDNEY, March 8 (UPI) -- Islamists in Australia are distributing pamphlets that blame coalition forces for the Samarra mosque bombing in Iraq and call for support of insurgents.

The Australian, which obtained a copy of one pamphlet outside the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, named the group as Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir - or Party of Liberation -- is banned in Germany, Britain and other countries. Australian authorities have criticized the group in the past but said there was not enough evidence to designate it a terrorist organization.

"It is the occupying forces, with America at their head, who are behind the ... killing (of) civilians, bombing markets and mosques, abducting scholars and killing those who are sincere to the Deen (religion)," the publication said.

"What happened in Samarra was of the planning and execution of the occupying forces."

The Samarra mosque was a particularly holy site to Shiite Muslims in Iraq and its baombing set off waves of anti-Sunni Muslim violence, raising fears of civil war. The Islamist group claimed in its pamphlet that civil war was the objective of coalition troops, which include more than 1,000 Australians.

Under new terror laws in Australia organizations that advocate violence and not just participate in it can be proscribed.

The pamphlet said. "We urge you to make the calamity of Samarra as a motivator to repel the invaders and that you take them as enemies."

It is believed there are more than 200 members of the group in Australia, the newspaper reported.

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