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SITE Publications
At Least 7 Men Arrested for Ties to Terrorism
By SITE Institute
Published in: SITE Institute
June 27, 2003

At Least 7 With Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba Arrested in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania At least 7 men were arrested this morning in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for suspected ties to the designated terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (Army of the Righteous), a Pakistani group that “is one of the three largest and best-trained groups fighting in Kashmir against India,” according to the State Department. The arrested men attended lectures by Virginia-based cleric Ali Al-Timimi. Among those taken into custody was Ismail Royer, described by the Washington Post in May 2001 as “a leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations” (CAIR), though he does not work there anymore. As of April 2003, according to the Associated Press, Royer also served as the Muslim American Society’s (MAS) Communications Director. The arrests follow searches of several of the men’s homes in the Washington, DC area, as well as reports that the men were playing “warlike” paintball games. Another individual affiliated with the men, Ahmed Abu-Ali, has already been taken into custody in Saudi Arabia in conjunction with the May terrorist attacks in Riyadh in which 25 people were killed.

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