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Two US Islamic Groups, Including CAIR, Shocked to Find Themselves Designated As Terrorists
by Patrick Goodenough
Two Islamic groups in the U.S. that portray themselves as moderate and mainstream expressed shock to learn at the weekend that the United Arab Emirates had included them in a list of terrorist organizations.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which describes itself as "America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization," and the Muslim American Society (MAS), which calls itself "a religious community service organization," were among more than 80 groups whose designation was approved by the UAE cabinet and announced on Saturday.
Others listed included al-Qaeda and its various affiliates in Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and North Africa; the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL); the Muslim Brotherhood and several of its U.K.- and Europe-based affiliates; and some Iranian-backed radical Shi'ite groups.
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