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article imageProminent U.S. Muslim group welcomes news of Bin Laden's death

By Steven Z.K. Nickels     May 2, 2011 in World
Washington - A prominent U.S. Muslim advocacy and civil rights group has welcomed the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed yesterday by U.S. troops.
In a statement today, the Washington, D.C., based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said they welcomed the “elimination of Osama Bin Laden,” and stated that Bin Laden was a “threat to America and the world.” The group is a prominent national organization focusing on Muslim advocacy and civil rights and has 32 chapters in 20 U.S. states and one in Canada, according to their website.
CAIR said in the statement, “We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of American military personnel. As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam. In fact, in addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and Al Qaeda caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide. We also reiterate President Obama's clear statement tonight that the United States is not at war with Islam."The group says as part of their anti-terrorism campaigns, they have “consistently and persistently condemned terrorism and the killing of innocent civilians.”
They plan a press conference later today at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., in order “to offer the American Muslim community's reaction to Osama bin Laden's death.”
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