Army general warns of anti-Muslim ‘backlash’


AFP
November 9, 2009

[efoods]US army chief of staff George Casey has warned deadly shootings at Fort Hood could prompt a backlash against Muslim soldiers, undermining diversity needed to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr Casey, speaking on CNN television, warned against guessing at the motives of Nidal Malik Hasan, who is alleged to have killed 13 people and wounded dozens more on a murderous rampage at the Texas military base on Thursday.

Mr Casey, a former commander in Iraq, said he was “concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers”.

It has been suggested that US-born Hasan carried out the shootings as revenge for persecution about his Islamic faith at the hands of his comrades.

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