Finding similarities in the problems they face, Muslim leaders from countries outside the Islamic world created an American-led federation to tackle Islamophobia, youth radicalization and integration in their respective societies.

The new Coordinating Body of Muslim Councils in the West, launched Thursday (Feb. 4) in Washington, is being billed as the first international organization for Muslims outside of the traditional Islamic world to strategize on these issues.

"Muslim communities in the West have been caught right in the middle of the rising tide of Islamophobia," said Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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