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UPDATE: FBI Responds to CAIR Request to Probe Murder of American Muslim Journalist in Turkey

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/28/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said the FBI has responded to the Muslim civil rights and advocacy group’s request for an investigation of the murder of an American Muslim journalist in Turkey.

SEE: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Murder of American Muslim Journalist in Turkey 

FBI Probing Murder of Syrian-American Journalist and Her Mother in Turkey

North Carolina-born American citizen Halla Barakat and her mother Orouba Barakat were murdered in their Istanbul apartment in September. Halla Barakat was a journalist who did work for Orient TV and was critical of the Syrian regime in much of her reporting. Orouba Barakat was active with the Syrian Opposition Council.

Halla Barakat was related to the North Carolina family whose son Deah Barakat was murdered in 2015 by a man who had expressed anti-Muslim sentiment.

In a letter to CAIR, the assistant director of the FBI’s International Operations Division wrote in part:

“Please be advised that our Legal Attaché office in Ankara, Turkey, offered FBI analysis and assistance to the Turkish national Police (TNP) who are investigating this homicide. The TNP respectfully declined the FBI’s assistance, as TNP is very capable of conducting a thorough and complete investigation. . .the TNP will continue to work this matter and provide updates to our Legal Attaché office in Ankara.”

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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