Militants Seek Group Edict on Kidnappings BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi militant group appealed Sunday to an influential Sunni Muslim organization for an edict on whether the kidnapping of foreigners who work for occupation forces is acceptable under Islam. The militants asked whether Islam permits the kidnapping and killing of foreigners who work for occupation forces, sayind the association should "issue a legal fatwa defining this issue, and we are ready to abide by it." The Association of Muslim Scholars had no immediate comment. The group has played a leading role in winning the release of hostages, appealing to kindappers for captives' freedom. Released foreigners are often delivered to the group's main mosque in Cairo. The group, made up mainly of conservative clerics, says it has no connection to militant groups carrying out the abductions, but it is believed to have contacts with them. The large majority of kidnappings in Iraq are believed to have been carried out by Sunni insurgent groups.