Muslim American groups slam Pentagon essay contest honoring Saudi king

February 4, 2015 10:54 PM

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Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is sponsoring an essay competition at National Defense University as "a fitting tribute to the life and leadership" of the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died Jan. 23.

Some Muslim American groups opposed to the Saudi monarchy have complained, saying the concept is deeply offensive.

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