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CAIR Calls for Exit Strategy From Iraq


(WASHINGTON D.C., 10/13/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in a statement today called on the Bush Administration to put forth a strategy to end the occupation in Iraq, as a response to a recently released report that placed the Iraqi death toll at over 650,000.

According to a new study published in the scientific journal, The Lancet, more than 650,000 people have died in Iraq since the U.S. led invasion of the country began in March of 2003. The study was conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad.

In a statement today, CAIR said:

“It is quite apparent to any objective viewer that our current policy in Iraq is an utter failure. U.S. presence in Iraq is not bringing security for people in the region. To the contrary it is fueling massive and perhaps irreversible anti-American sentiments all across the Muslim world. President Bush needs to articulate an exit strategy. Simply saying we will stand down when Iraqis stand up is not reassuring to the American Muslim community.

“In addition, with over 3,000 of our own soldiers who have died in this war, it is high time for our government to make tough decisions that will enable an orderly withdrawal from Iraq. The Iraqi people will truly experience freedom when they perceive their land to be free from any foreign occupation.”

Yesterday, British General Richard Dannatt also echoed the call for an exit strategy, stating that Britain’s armed forces are in danger of exhaustion and should aim to leave Iraq in the next few years. (SEE: “U.K. General Says He Wants Forces to Leave Iraq Soon,” at

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, has 32 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.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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