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Va. Grand Jury Probes Group of Muslim Men

The FBI and a federal grand jury in Alexandria are investigating whether a group of area Muslim men has been preparing in Virginia for jihadist combat abroad, sources and court papers say. At least two of the men — one is the son of a former Yemeni diplomat — are in federal custody. Federal agents with search warrants have raided the homes of about a dozen others in the D.C. suburbs and have seized rifles, other weapons, scopes, ammunition, terrorist literature and other documents, court papers show. One facet of the probe involves questions of whether the men were aiding the Lashkar-i-Taiba, a group involved in the fighting in Kashmir that has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. The men, who played paintball together in Virginia before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, attended lectures given by Muslim scholar Ali al-Timimi, whose Fairfax home also was searched, court records and sources said. Timimi, the sources said, instructed his followers to go overseas after the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

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