Jordan opposition accuses government of apostasy

Amman, Jordan - Jordan's powerful Islamic opposition has accused the government of apostasy for assisting the U.S. in Afghanistan.

The religious edict by the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, is not binding, but it highlights the tension with the conservative group, which boycotted last month's parliamentary election.

Jordan says it has only 300 peacekeepers in Afghanistan. But a bombing attack that killed a Jordanian double agent in Afghanistan's eastern province last January revealed the presence of its intelligence officers there.

Sunday's edict said that Islam bars Muslims from fighting against fellow Muslims and the government had "abandoned Islam" because it was helping non-Muslims.