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CAIR Offers Condolences on Iraqi Civilian Deaths

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/31/05) A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today offered its condolences over the deaths of hundreds of Iraqi civilians during a religious observance in Baghdad.

Some 700 people died Wednesday during a stampede on a bridge when rumors spread that a bombing was about to occur. (Authorities say the final death toll may top 1,000.) Many people jumped or were pushed to their deaths into the Tigris River, while others were crushed to death.

SEE: “695 dead, 180 Hurt in Iraq Bridge Stampede”

“We offer sincere condolences to the loved ones of all those who died or were injured in this tragic incident and pray that the people of Iraq will one day be able to live in peace and security,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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