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N.Y. Imam Tied To Terror Camp

Associated Press
Saturday, August 7, 2004; Page A13

Documents found by U.S. troops at a terrorist camp in Iraq last year contained the name of a New York mosque imam facing federal charges of plotting to obtain a shoulder-fired grenade launcher, law enforcement officials said yesterday.

An entry in an address book found by the soldiers at an Ansar al-Islam camp last summer in northern Iraq referred to Yassin Aref as "the commander" and included his address and telephone number in Albany, N.Y., the officials said.

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Although Aref had come to the FBI's attention before the address book's discovery, two law enforcement officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said it was a strong indication that Ansar al-Islam -- which the United States has linked to al Qaeda -- had a presence in the United States.

Aref, 34, and Mohammed Hossain, 49, are charged with money laundering and trying to conceal material support for a terrorist group.

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