Virginia jihad network

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The Virginia jihad network was a network of jihadists centered in Northern Virginia.

Ali al-Timimi was convicted in 2005 of exhorting his followers to join the Taliban and fight US troops. The young men played paintball in 2000 and 2001 as a means of training for holy war around the globe.[1][2] Found guilty during 2003-4 of various terrorism-related offences were Muhammed Aatique, Hammad Abdur-Raheem, Ibrahim Ahmed Al-Hamdi, Seifullah Chapman, Khwaja Hasan, Masoud Khan, Yong Kwon, Randall Todd Royer and Donald Surratt.[3]

Ali Asad Chandia was a third-grade teacher at the Al-Huda School, of Dar-us-Salaam mosque, in College Park, Maryland.[4]

Khan, Chapman and Hammad Abdur-Raheem all were convicted of conspiring to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, and to attack India in violation of the Neutrality Act of 1794, as well as of various firearms related offenses, for conduct that spanned from 2000 to 2003.[3]

A 2011 NPR report claimed some of the people associated with this group were imprisoned in a highly restrictive Communication Management Unit.[5]


  1. ^ Barakat, Matthew (2005-04-27). "Islamic scholar convicted of advocating war on US". Associated Press (The Boston Globe). Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ Schmidt, Susan (2003-10-03). "Spreading Saudi Fundamentalism in U.S.". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  3. ^ a b "RANDALL TODD ROYER AND IBRAHIM AHMED AL-HAMDI SENTENCED FOR PARTICIPATION IN VIRGINIA JIHAD NETWORK". United States Department of Justice. 2004-04-09. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Teacher jailed for aiding LeT". Times of India. 26 August 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-18. A 29-year-old Maryland man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for providing support to Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. 
  5. ^ DATA & GRAPHICS: Population Of The Communications Management Units, Margot Williams and Alyson Hurt, NPR, 3-3-11, retrieved 2011 03 04 from