(RNS) — After the U.S. killed Iran’s top military general this month in an airstrike directed by President Donald Trump, thousands of Americans protested at rallies nationwide, from Times Square to outside the Texas State Capitol.

The airstrike served as an unwelcome reminder to many Muslim and Middle Eastern American voters about what they describe as the need for a commander in chief who will protect both the U.S. and the Middle East from further military conflict. 

Any further conflict could lead to major civilian casualties in the Middle East and civil rights violations domestically if a war breaks out, warned a coalition of Shiite and Sunni American organizations.

Coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike

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