02/05/2015 09:12 am ET Updated Apr 02, 2015

Obama Meets With American Muslim Leaders

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(Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration is reaching out to American Muslim leaders as it tries to stem extremism in the U.S. while heading off a domestic backlash against mainstream Islam over atrocities committed by Islamic State.

About a dozen leaders and other representatives of the U.S. Muslim community met Wednesday behind closed doors with President Barack Obama, a session that some of them had wanted for years. Topics of discussion included anti-Muslim violence, safe-guarding civil rights, countering groups like the Islamic State that try to recruit Americans and an administration summit on violent extremism that’s scheduled for Feb. 18.