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(CNN) - The leaders of one of the world's most effective jihadist organizations, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), have written a new "code" for jihad.
The new code, a 417-page religious document entitled "Corrective Studies," is the result of more than two years of intense and secret talks between the leaders of the LIFG and Libyan security officials. Read more about the code
The code's most direct challenge to al Qaeda is this: "Jihad has ethics and morals because it is for God. That means it is forbidden to kill women, children, elderly people, priests, messengers, traders and the like. Betrayal is prohibited and it is vital to keep promises and treat prisoners of war in a good way. Standing by those ethics is what distinguishes Muslims' jihad from the wars of other nations."
In essence the new code for jihad is exactly what the West has been waiting for: a credible challenge from within jihadist ranks to al Qaeda's ideology.
CNN's Nic Robertson was given access to the Libyan jail where the code was composed. Read more about Jihad inside Libya's terror jail and Watch a report about the spread of radical Islam in Britain
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