Awlaki Trained Chaplains at DOD

Posted: December 4, 2010 in Anwar al-Awlaki, Awlaki Trained Chaplains at DOD, Jihadi Personalities

Terror cleric al-Awlaki trained Muslim chaplains at DoD

Posted on December 3, 2010 by creeping

From Patrick Poole at Big Peace, Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki trained Pentagon’s Muslim chaplains:

Anwar Al-Awlaki, who is currently subject to a kill-or-capture order signed by President Obama, was involved in the training of the Defense Department’s Muslim chaplains and lay leaders as an instructor at the Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America (IIASA) in the Washington D.C. area.

Controlled by the Saudi Embassy and operating under the kingdom’s Ministry of Higher Education, IIASA served as the branch campus of the al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. The institute was certified to train the Pentagon’s Muslim chaplains until 2003. Many IIASA faculty members, who held diplomatic passports, had their visas revoked in January 2004 and the institute itself was raided by the FBI, customs and the IRS the following July. It closed shortly thereafter.

Awlaki’s role in the program was reported by Glenn Simpson at the Wall Street Journal back in December 2003 but hasn’t been mentioned since. Writing about the IIASA’s controversial role in the military chaplain program, Simpson noted:

Anwar al-Aulaqi, the former imam at a mosque in San Diego, also has lectured at the institute. A congressional report on Sept. 11 released this July said Mr. Aulaqi counseled two of the hijackers while they stayed in San Diego and then transferred to a mosque that both hijackers attended in northern Virginia shortly before the attacks. Mr. Aulaqi, who is now believed to be in Yemen, has denied knowing of the hijackers’ plans.

According to Simpson, at least 75 military Muslim chaplains and lay personnel were trained by IIASA.

An Al-Qaeda cleric’s participation in training military chaplains is less surprising since the program itself was established by Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was tapped by the Defense Department to create the program and who hand-picked the first 16 Muslim chaplains for the military, was himself an Al-Qaeda operative. Alamoudi is currently serving a 23-year federal prison sentence.

But what exactly happened to the Pentagon’s Muslim chaplains and lay staff that Anwar Al-Awlaki helped train and Abdurahman Alamoudi helped select is still unknown

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