Barack Obama Has a Mixed Record on Outreach to Muslims

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Images of angry mobs in Arab cities burning American flags and attacking U.S. diplomatic posts suggest the Muslim world is no less enraged at the United States than when President George W. Bush had to duck shoes hurled at him in Baghdad.

But more than three years after President Barack Obama declared he would seek "a new beginning" in U.S.-Muslim relations, a closer look reveals strides as well as setbacks.

The Arab Spring revolution has given people new power and hope as well as democratic elections.

But peace between Israel and the Palestinians is nowhere in sight, and Iran still is considered a menace.

Such is the progress report that Obama carries to the United Nations General Assembly next week - and into the Nov. 6 election.

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