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Is CAIR a Terror Group? 


Questions are being raised about Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) after they appeared on a list of known terrorist groups by the United Arab Emirates Council of Ministers. Determination: They made the list, but the U.S. Government Denounced allegations.

CAIR LOGOAccording to a November 28, 2014 article by the National Review, CAIR on the list released by the Emirates News Agency.  The Muslim American Society also appeared on the list. 

National Review is a conservative news and opinion magazine that was founded in 1955 by William F. Buckley.

The article said that a list by the United Arab Emirates’ ministerial cabinet came out on November 15, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was "one of 83 proscribed terrorist organizations, up there with the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and ISIS." The list can be found on the Emirates News agency but it is in Arabic and needs to be translated. We have it pasted below in English.

Pipes cited a Fox News interview by anchor/host Bret Baier of Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Foreign Minister. Baier asked the minister about the two American organizations on the list.  The minister told Baier, “Our threshold is quite low when we talk about extremism. We cannot accept incitement or funding when we look at some of these organizations. For many countries, the definition of terror is that you have to carry a weapon and terrorize people. For us, it’s much beyond that; we cannot tolerate even the smallest, tiniest amount of terrorism."

The article said that CAIR had many challenges to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups and although it denounced acts of violence it has yet to speak out against their sponsors. It went on to report that Nihad Awad, CAIR's Executive Director and Founder, "publicly declared his support for Hamas; the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), a Hamas front group, contributed $5,000 to CAIR; in turn, CAIR exploited the 9/11 attacks to raise money for HLF; and, this past August, demonstrators at a CAIR-sponsored rally in Florida proclaimed 'We are Hamas!'”

CAIR posted a statement on its website that called this a "despicable action" and linked a video of the U.S. Government rejection of the labeling.

The Muslim American Society (MAS) released a statement on its website saying that it was shocked the reports claiming that they made the terrorist list.  MAS wrote, " Before proceeding any further, we would first like to verify the accuracy of the news reports and receive an official response from the United Arab Emirates regarding the reports. We would also like to seek the help of our government to address this issue."

List of terrorist organizations adopted by the Council of Ministers by the following:


Emirati Muslim Brotherhood group call Reform (Reform Society)
Fatah Islam Lebanese
Muslim League in Italy
Emirati Jihad cells
Ansar in Lebanon
Islamic Association in Finland
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Islamic Association in Sweden
Nation parties in the Gulf
Ansar al-Sharia in Libya battalion
Islamic Association in Norway
Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia
Islamic Relief Organization in London
Somalia's Mujahideen Youth Movement
Cordoba Foundation in Britain
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
Boko Haram in Nigeria
Islamic Relief Organization of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood
Ansar al-Sharia (Yemen)
Battalion stationed in Mali
Pakistani Taliban
Organization and the Muslim Brotherhood
Ansar al-Din movement in Mali
Abu Zar Ghaffari battalion in Syria
Islamic Group in Egypt
Haqqani network Pakistan
Al-Tawhid Brigade in Syria
Ansar al-Egyptian Jerusalem
Lashkar Pakistan
Unification battalion and faith in Syria
Group hosts of Egypt
East Turkestan movement in Pakistan
Green Battalion in Sroea
Mujahideen Shura Council, the environs of Jerusalem
Muhammad's Army in Pakistan
Secret Abu Bakr in Syria
Houthi movement in Yemen
Army of Mohammed in Pakistan and India
Secret Talha bin Obaidullah in Syria
Saudi Hezbollah in the Hijaz
Indian Mujahideen in India / Kashmir
Strict confidentiality forearm in Syria
Hezbollah in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus (Chechen jihadists)
Abdullah bin Mubarak battalion in Syria
Al-Qaeda in Iran
Martyrs battalion in Syria
Badr Organization in Iraq
Philippine group Abu Sayyaf
Abu Omar battalion in Syria
League of the Righteous in Iraq
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Free fennel battalion in Syria
Hezbollah Brigades (Iraq)
Canvas organization in Belgrade, Serbia
Battalion valid mountain in Syria
Brigade Ibovdil Abbas in Syria
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Buffy battalion in Syria
Brigades of the Promised Day Brigade (Iraq)
Union of Muslim Scholars
Qaqaa battalion in Syria
Brigade Omar bin Yasir (Syria)
Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe
Battalion Revolutionary Sufian in Syria
Ansar al-Islam Iraqi
Federation of Islamic Organizations in France
Sunflower Rahman battalion in Syria
Nasra Front in Syria
Muslim Association of Britain
Battalion Omar bin al-Khattab in Syria
Sham free movement in Syria
Islamic Society in Germany
Shaimaa battalion in Syria
Army of Islam in Palestine
Islamic Association in Denmark
Right in Syria battalion
Abdullah Azzam Brigades
Islamic Association in Belgium (the Association of Muslims of Belgium)









































Note: formatting on the above list appears strange because it was taken from and Arabic source and translated. Arabic reads right to left.

Video from the November 17, 2014 broadcast of the Kelly File on Fox News found on YouTube

Posted 12/01/14 Updated 12/08/14


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