Saudi Dissident Group's Leader Critical of Clerics

(Washington Post) Susan Schmidt - Ali Ahmed, head of the Washington-based Saudi Institute that seeks democratic reform in Saudi Arabia, complained Wednesday that an upcoming conference in Houston on Dec. 24 will feature addresses broadcast from Riyadh by clerics who have praised holy war and Osama bin Laden. Instructors at a Virginia Islamic institute who hold diplomatic credentials issued by the Saudi Embassy are scheduled to speak at the gathering. One of the keynote speakers, Sheikh Allamah Ibn Jibreen, has publicly urged young Saudis to join al-Qaeda and fight U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2003-12-12 00:00:00

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