Friday, September 24, 2004

Virginia Islamic Leader Faces Jihad Charges (

Va. Islamic Leader Faces Jihad Charges (

An Islamic spiritual leader was indicted yesterday on charges that his preaching inspired a group of Northern Virginia men to train for violent jihad overseas and prepare for war against the United States.

Ali Al-Timimi, 40, is charged with inciting members of an alleged "Virginia jihad network" to travel to terrorist training camps in Pakistan and battle U.S. troops seeking to oust Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers. The Fairfax County resident was for several years a frequent and popular lecturer at the Center for Islamic Information and Education, also known as Dar Al-Arqam, in Falls Church.

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