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The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq has said the country's elections cannot be accepted as they were conducted while under occupation.

An official spokesperson for the influential Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) has said that his organisation refuses to help in writing a new Iraqi constitution as long as the country remains under occupation.
Faleh al-Khattab

Iraq's leading Sunni religious authority has made its participation in the upcoming constitution-drafting process conditional on the announcement of a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Iraq's influential Association of Muslim Scholars has told Aljazeera that the low turnout by Sunni Arabs in elections was due to a lack of real choice and military occupation.
Lawrence Smallman
The influential Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), a body including Iraq's leading Sunni clerics, has called for the release of all hostages and captives on the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.
The influential Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq has met a senior US embassy official and offered to call off an election boycott in return for a US timetable for troop withdrawal.
A group of armed men have killed a Muslim cleric in the town of Miqdadiya, the second assassination of an Association of Muslim Scholars' member in

The Association of Muslim Scholars has warned that the situation in Falluja will have a direct impact on the elections and even delay the process.

A group of national, political and religious groups in Iraq, including the Association of Muslim Scholars, have decided to boycott the elections due to be held early next year.

US forces have surrounded al-Haj Sulayman al-Dhari village where Shaikh Harith al-Dhari, secretary-general of Iraq's  Association of Muslim Scholars, lives.

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