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'Scout' Had Low Profile

Iyman Faris, the naturalized U.S. citizen unmasked yesterday as a scout for the al Qaeda terrorist network, has an unassuming profile that greatly worries authorities trying to stem the threat of new attacks within the United States, federal officials said yesterday. A resident of Columbus, Ohio, who had reason to travel widely in his job as a freelance truck driver, Faris was in some ways an ideal agent for al Qaeda planners who needed practical information they could feed to others willing to undertake such attacks, the officials said. Faris, 34, was “a scout and a facilitator” within al Qaeda’s organization, collecting information about the feasibility of destroying the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and derailing trains in or near Washington, D.C., one official said, elaborating on details in an FBI affidavit unsealed Thursday. Full Story

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