(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/23/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a drone strike by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan Thursday that killed 30 pine nut farmers. American officials said the attack was intended to target Islamic State fighters.
SEE: U.S. admits to Afghanistan drone strike that killed 30 farmers (UPI)
In a statement, CAIR said:
“The tragic deaths of so many civilians indicates the need for greater oversight of the use of deadly drones, a review of policies related to such strikes and a complete reassessment of a military tactic that is often counterproductive to our nation’s security interests and may serve to inspire and embolden extremists.”
CAIR noted that the death toll could be a result of the Trump administration’s loosening of the rules of engagement for drone strikes.
SEE: The president is making it easier to order lethal drone strikes
In 2013, CAIR submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights for a hearing on “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.”
SEE: Written Statement of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, email@example.com