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CAIR Calls for Probe of Civilian Deaths Caused by Trump Administration’s Yemen Raid

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a “full, thorough and public investigation” into the Trump administration’s recent military raid in Yemen, which resulted in the death of an American serviceman and numerous civilian casualties, including an eight-year-old American citizen.

“Congress must conduct a full, thorough and public investigation of this deadly incident to ensure transparency and accountability required whenever civilians are killed or injured by our military actions,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Even as we confront terror groups, we must uphold American values and international humanitarian law.”

Reports indicate that a number of civilians died in the raid on a village in Yemen. Among those killed were eight-year-old Nawar al-Awlaki, an American citizen.

SEE: The White House and the Pentagon Are Defending the Yemen Raid

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) has called on the Trump Administration to brief Congress “on the planning and execution of this mission as well as on the decision-making process that preceded its approval.”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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