(WASHINGTON D.C., 3/24/08) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today said the tragic milestone of 4,000 military personnel killed in Iraq reinforces the need to withdraw America's armed forces from that country.
SEE: US Toll in Iraq Hits 4,000 (Reuters)
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the war's five-year military and civilian death toll has severely damaged America's security and international image.
In a statement, CAIR National Director Tahra Goraya said:
"After the tragic deaths of 4,000 American military personnel and of uncounted thousands of Iraqi civilians, we are less secure and less respected as a nation. As we enter the sixth year of this war, it is time to finally withdraw our troops and to do what we can to mitigate the damage caused by our unjustified and counterproductive invasion of Iraq."
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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