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For Immediate Release
October 21, 2004

U.S. Military Shares in Ramadan Observances

During the holy month of Ramadan, the estimated 7,000 Muslims serving in the United States Armed Forces fast and pray while still carrying out their military duties, and non-Muslim members of the U.S. military in Muslim countries are learning about the observance of Ramadan. American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq study the Muslim faith. Soldiers from the First Army Division in Tikrit met with a local Imam on the first day of Ramadan to learn more about the holy month. The United States military reflects the nation's commitment to religious freedom and respect for different faiths, both among its troops and the people who host our service men and women.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

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