A radical Muslim cleric, who counter-terrorism officials say is encouraging, if not participating in, terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and around the world, has ties to Northern Virginia.
The American-born Anwar Al-Awlaki has been linked with two 9-11 hijackers, the Fort Hood gunman, and the would-be Christmas Day bomber. His YouTube sermons may have inspired the Pakistani-American accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. And the Obama Administration has placed him on its "capture or kill" list.
In 2001, Awlaki served as an imam at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia. The center's current Director of Community Outreach, Imam Johari Abdul Malik, recently talked with Maureen Fielder, about the evolution of a now infamous leader.
You can hear more of Maureen Fieldler's interview with Imam Johari Abdul Malik on Interfaith Voices, this Sunday afternoon at 3, on WAMU 88.5.
Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli will face former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe in November to become Virginia's 72nd governor.