Los Angeles Times

U. S. says imam hid radical ties


U. S. authoritie­s are seeking to revoke the citizenshi­p of an Oregonimam who they say tried to conceal past associatio­ns with radical Islamic groups.

In a petition filed in federal court in Portland, the Justice Department says Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye raised money, recruited fighters and provided training for insurgent groups battling Soviet forces in Afghanista­n in the 1980s.

Government lawyers say Kariye for a time “dealt directly” with Osama bin Laden and recruited sympathize­rs in the United States and Pakistan for an Al Qaeda precursor known as Maktab al Khidamat.

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