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CAIR Welcomes Release of Female Prisoners in Iraq

CAIR Welcomes Release of Female Prisoners in Iraq

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/25/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the release of five female prisoners held by American forces in Iraq.

According to media reports, the prisoners will be freed from U.S. custody on Thursday. They are among eight women currently being held by American forces.

SEE: Five Iraqi Women Prisoners to be Freed (Reuters)http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/COL525897.htm

The release of female prisoners was a condition set by the kidnappers of American journalist Jill Carroll who was taken hostage earlier this month in Baghdad.

A delegation from CAIR recently returned from Iraq where it issued a public appeal for Carroll’s immediate and unconditional release.

SEE: U.S. Muslim Group in Baghdad to Plead for Hostage
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=38771&theType=NB

SEE ALSO: Jill Carroll: Support from Muslim Leaders
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=38748&theType=NB

Along with sending a delegation to Iraq, CAIR also held a news conference in Michigan, Carroll’s home state, and coordinated a joint appeal issued by national Muslim leaders calling for her release.

In December, CAIR held a news conference at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., to call for the release of members of the Christian Peacemakers Teams also taken hostage in Iraq.

CAIR has 31 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: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

 

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