From today's Guardian. Wonder why he joined in the first place? Perhaps it's one of New Labour's PC initiatives. Ethnic minorities in the forces can choose which wars they want to fight in. Muslim airman fights RAF By A Correspondent A MUSLIM reservist airman who refused to take part in the Iraq war because of his religious beliefs launched a legal battle yesterday over his prosecution by the RAF for going absent without leave. Leading Aircraftman Mohisin Khan, 25, from Ipswich, Suffolk, did not report for duty on the ground of conscientious objection. Mr Khan, an aircraftman and medic, had been mobilised with others last year to return to the regular forces to supplement service personnel in the Iraq war. But he held a genuine and deep belief that the pending war was wrong and contrary to his religion. He said that he did not want to be asked to fight against fellow Muslims and that he could not condone any military action which was not in self defence against another state. Two High Court judges in London were told yesterday that Mr Khans absence resulted in his arrest, charge and punishment by the RAF. He was fined nine days pay and seven days privileges. His challenge before Lord Justice Rix and Mr Justice Forbes is over a decision by the RAF Summary Appeal Court to uphold his conviction for being Awol between February 24 and March 5 last year.