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CAIR Seeks ‘Full Review’ of Rules of Engagement After Second Deadly U.S. Airstrike on Syrian Civilians

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a “full review” of current rules of engagement in the conflict with ISIS in Syria following a second deadly U.S.-led airstrike in that nation that killed at least 33 civilians in a school used as a shelter for displaced people.

SEE: U.S. Investigates Airstrike in Syria That Activists Say Killed  Civilians

Last week, CAIR called for a “full and transparent” investigation of allegations that the U.S. military conducted an airstrike on a Syrian mosque, leaving dozens of worshipers dead and injured.

SEE: CAIR Calls for ”˜Full and Transparent’ Probe of Alleged U.S. Airstrike on Syrian Mosque

US Military Launches Investigation of Strike Near Mosque in Syria

In a statement, CAIR said:

“With two recent attacks by U.S.-led forces in which so many Syrian civilians were killed and injured, it is imperative that our military and political leaders conduct a full review of the rules of engagement in that conflict to ensure that civilians are protected and that our nation’s values are maintained. Targeting civilians, even by accident or incompetence, is not only a tragedy for the loved ones of the dead and injured, but also harms America’s struggle against terrorism by alienating those we seek to protect.”

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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