Todays Sunday Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-1226907,00.html "Some Muslims have warned, however, that the appointment could lead to difficulties if Muslim soldiers are asked to fight in Islamic countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Last year Mohsin Khan, 25, a Muslim reservist, was disciplined for going absent without leave from his RAF base in Suffolk. In court he said his faith forbade him from fighting against fellow Muslims in Iraq. Another soldier, who has not been named, also refused last year to fight in Iraq and was sent on a different foreign posting. He was not disciplined. One senior cleric said: Under Islamic law you have a right to withdraw from a war if it is unjust. Shahid Raza, head imam of Leicester Central Mosque and one of the most senior clerics in Britain, said: If a soldier raises a conscientious objection to fighting in the Iraq war, then my advice would be that he should pursue his intention (not to fight) within the framework of his departments policy. If you are not willing to fight in Iraq, then you should withdraw using the correct procedure. Khurshid Drabu, a judge who advises the MoD on Muslim affairs, said the ministry had become very responsive to Islamic needs. He said it offered prayer facilities and halal food rations. Muslims are also allowed to grow beards and excused heavy training during the month of Ramadan." So effectivly thats one rule for one Group and and an entirely different set of rules for another. If Muslim Soldiers or potential recruits have any problems fighting against fellow Muslims (although it has never bothered the Arab States) then they should not be allowed to serve or alternativly I too should be allowed the Freedom to pick and choose my Operational Tours. I feel discriminated against!