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August 06, 2004

Update: Iraq Intel Led to Albany Terrorist Bust

Well. Who on earth could have foreseen this development? Apparently no one in the mainstream media. But a couple of bloggers were able to use their scary powers of recollection to remember that Ansar al-Islam was and is an Iraq-based terrorist organization.

Did the media "forget" this fact or did they merely decide to suppress it? Did they really imagine we had forgotten where Ansar al-Islam was based out of? Or that we wouldn't figure it out if they didn't explicitly remind us?

Anyway. Thank God for FoxNews:

ALBANY, N.Y. — Information found in Iraq led federal investigators to become suspicious of an Albany, N.Y., mosque leader, FOX News has learned.

Last summer, U.S. troops discovered Yassin Muhhiddin Aref's (search) name, telephone number and address in a book left behind in a vacated terrorist training camp, a U.S. official told FOX News. The book also revealed that Ansar al-Islam, the group running the camp, had given Aref a title: "the commander."

Aref, 34, is the Imam of the Masjid As-Salam mosque in Albany, N.Y. He and one other mosque leader were arrested Thursday and charged with helping an undercover informant posing as a weapons dealer who was plotting to buy a shoulder-launched missile that would be used to kill the Pakistani ambassador in New York City.


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