Questions About a Mosque Leader
In the months after the 2001 terrorist attacks, federal agents became interested in a Muslim spiritual leader who oversaw a Northern Virginia mosque that is one of the nation's largest. Anwar al-Aulaqi was nevertheless allowed to leave the country in 2002. Over time, the government grew even more interested in him. Susan Schmidt reports today that U.S. counterintelligence officials are saying publicly for the first time that they believe that Aulaqi worked with al-Qaeda networks in the Persian Gulf after leaving the United States in 2002.
Aulaqi, 36, was the spiritual leader in 2001 and 2002 of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church. In mid-2006 he was detained in Yemen at the request of the United States. To the dismay of U.S. authorities, Aulaqi was released in December. Officials say the U.S. government was limited in how far it could push Yemen to hold Aulaqi, because the U.S. has no pending legal case against him.
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