The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it is a Muslim civil rights group, a claim which seems to be at odds with the organization's coziness with the increasingly authoritarian Turkish government.

Nihad Awad, CAIR's executive director, has recently been seen with Serdar Kilic, Turkey's ambassador to the U.S. and a defender of the Turkish government operatives who brutally beat peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. last month.

Awad and Kilic sat side-by-side at an Iftar dinner held on Tuesday by MUSIAD USA, a Turkish-American trade group. Awad and Kilic also attended an Iftar dinner held last Friday by the Diyanet Center of America.

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