U.S. Troops On Food Restrictions During Month Of Ramadan

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U.S. military personnel that are stationed in the Middle East are on food restrictions during Ramadan which started on June 17, and goes through July 17. Troops are being told they are ‘guests’ and need to be considerate of Islamic traditions and history.

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As Reported By The Weekly Standard:

 A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim countries in the Middle East of the restrictions placed on them during Ramadan. According to a report by the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. John Quintas, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia, said that the U.S. is “committed to the concepts of tolerance, freedom and diversity.” But he added that soldiers should “become more informed and appreciative of the traditions and history of the people in this region of the world… [R]emember we are guests here and that the host nation is our shoulder-to-shoulder, brothers and sisters in arms, risking their lives for our common cause to defeat terrorism.”

During the 30-day religious celebration of Ramadan, even non-Muslims are expected to obey local laws regarding eating, drinking, and using tobacco in public. Violators can be fined up to $685 or receive two months in jail. A spokesperson for United States Central Command [CENTCOM] said that “we are not aware of any specific instances of anyone being arrested” for such violations.

For military personnel outside of U.S.-controlled areas, the only exceptions for the rules are for those “performing strenuous labor.” Such personnel are “authorized to drink and consume as much food as they need to maintain proper hydration and energy.” It is unclear what constitutes “strenuous labor” or whether additional exceptions might be made during a heat wave affecting some areas of the region that has taken hundreds of lives.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Apparently, this perfectly fits the description of what once-presidential candidate John Kerry suggested in terms of a “kinder, gentler war”. God help this country.

  2. Just what the military needs; another politically correct General who couldn’t lead a piss ant around the toilet bowl. He Is obviously Obama promoted.

  3. What our soldiers have to go through for American freedom. As long as they have enough food & water to stay healthy, there’s not much anyone can do about it. Sorry.

    • Not much anyone can do about it? That’s a nice subversive attitude. That’s the type of attitude which enslaves people into tyrannical governments. It’s not acceptable.

  4. This is a disgrace, ‘guests’? Double standards, I’m sure I’ve been asked to remove my cross necklace i wear as it was offending a Muslim. Should of reminded her she was a guest in our country and see the response I got, sure I would of been branded a racist but hey this is the world we live in today, sick of walking on egg shells with these Muslims, everything offends them, whatever happened to freedom of speech.

  5. Guests? Of all the ridiculous notions! Ok then, should Muslim political or religious leaders be required to remove their Muslim clothing when they visit the USA? That will never happen. When are our “leaders” going to stop kowtowing to these people?

  6. What’s next. Troops having to bow towards Mecca?
    Doesn’t Obama have Islamic Brotherhood relatives? Is he a member also?

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