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Islamic Scholar From Virginia Is Charged in Holy War Plot

An Islamic scholar from Virginia was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks he urged a group of Muslim-American men to join a holy war against the United States by traveling to Afghanistan. The charges against the scholar, Ali al-Timimi, 40, of Fairfax, Va., are a follow-up on the successful prosecution of the Washington-area men who identified him as their spiritual leader. These men became known as the “paintball terrorists” because they used paintball games in Virginia, prosecutors said, as training. “While bodies were still being pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,” United States Attorney Paul J. McNulty said in a statement, “the defendant counseled young men to bear arms against the United States.” Full Story

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