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US Navy to remove Muslim images from target range

Images of verses from the Qu'ran have also been taken down, officials said

US Navy to remove Muslim images from target range
The US military has agreed to remove targets depicting a Muslim woman and verses from the Quran from shooting ranges.

The US military has agreed to remove targets depicting a Muslim woman and verses from the Qur'an from shooting ranges, it was announced at the weekend, where they were being used for target practice.

"We have removed this particular target and Arabic writing in question from the range in the near term, and will explore other options for future training," Lt David Lloyd, a Navy spokesperson, said in a statement.

The move comes after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Muslim advocacy group, sent a letter to US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta on Friday asking for the targets and religious text to be removed from a military facility based at Joint Base Fort Story on the east coast of the US.

"We welcome the Navy's prompt action to address community concerns and hope this incident serves as a reminder that credible scholars and experts need to be consulted when designing training materials relating to Islam and Muslims for our nation's military personnel," CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement.

"This is a welcome first step, but a serious and comprehensive review is needed to deal with the issue of Islamophobia in military training," he added.

Last year, the White House-ordered a comprehensive review of US government counter-terrorism training materials to eliminate any potentially Islamophobic content.

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Jay Jay 8 years ago

Why were they there to start with? And the Americans say why they hate us.

gordon 8 years ago

why do they keep doing this stupidity, are they trying to compete with Nakheel?

Sayeed Khan 8 years ago

This move is surely a very civilized positive step, I wonder how could a developed, advanced and civilized country who in every respect claims directly or indirectly as the leader of the world could have in the first place let this happen. It clearly shows that there are lapses in their country and there are very irresponsible people there too. If it is agreed upon then how can one claim to be leader of the world or call oneself a civilized nation.

Sayeed Khans 8 years ago

I think it is a serious matter so it should not be compared with Nakheel. When we take such matters in jokes then we do not have any standing.

gordon 8 years ago

I am referring to the act of stupidity and not the act in itself

Mick 8 years ago

I agree with your comment but you have to understand the American people. They see the religion as a threat and the U.S. media is the most dangerous of perpetrators. They had a dark day in their history occur by those that did in the name of their religion. So, as a knee-jerk reaction, they have built up a hate for that and that is seen as their enemy. The same with countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan that burn effigies of western leaders and soldiers. Those that have done the damage to the U.S. have done so in the name of their religion so that is where the U.S. points its anger. The U.S. have caused problems for other countries also and that is why many hate the U.S. The U.S. soldiers usually aren't concerned with offending because they have targeted their hate based on who has caused destruction on their soil Each soldier or, even, citizen of America doesn't really take the time to understand or think about the others. I don't see empathy coming from either side.

Jafar Siddiqui 8 years ago

This should not suprise anyone, because anti-Muslim, anti-Islam trainign has been carried out extensively in the military, stopping only recently.

The fact that the military stopped its hate-Islam training is good, but it has so far, done nothing at all, to re-trained the officers who have already been programmed into believing Islam to be the gretaest threat to the US and to the West.