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23 September 2017 04:06 (South Africa)

Growing pressures on Muslims in US Military

The New York Times profiles the increasing pressures being faced by Muslim Americans serving in America’s all-volunteer military forces as a consequence of the extended involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the wake of Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s recent deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas. Thousands of Muslims have served in the US military for many years, but since 9/11 the service of Muslim-Americans has been more necessary, but more complicated than before. In the wake of Hasan’s actions, some Muslim servicemen fear their service will become even more difficult. Muslim leaders, advocates and military service members have all been at pains to distance themselves from Hasan’s act, noting that his violence is no more representative of them than it is of other groups to which he belonged, including Army psychiatrists. Read more: New York Times

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