Federal agents yesterday swarmed into an Islamic institute in Northern Virginia that has been the target of a joint U.S.-Saudi crackdown over allegations that it promoted an intolerant brand of Islam. Dozens of FBI, customs and Internal Revenue Service agents participated in the morning raid on the Fairfax County-based Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences, law enforcement sources said. The number of agents attracted the notice of neighbors and TV crews, who recorded the event. Federal officials would not comment on the raid or say whether it was part of a broader investigation of the institute, a “distance learning” center that teaches Arabic and Islamic studies and that until recently was sponsored by the Saudi Embassy. But the Saudi government revoked its sponsorship in December after examining allegations that the school promoted a form of Islam that is intolerant of other strains of the religion as well as Christianity and Judaism. Full Story
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