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Anti-terror plan allies White House with Muslim groups
by Neil Munro
The White House's new plan to curb home-grown Islamic extremism calls for partnerships between local governments, various non-profits, and U.S. communities of Muslims. But critics say those partnerships often include Islamic groups whose ideology spurs terrorism.
Federal agencies are already using their "convening power to help build a network of individuals, groups, civil society organizations, and private sector actors to support community-based efforts to counter violent extremism," according to the new strategy document, titled "Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States."
But administration policymakers have not worked with pro-American Muslim groups, said Zuhdi Jasser, president of the Phoenix-based America Islamic Forum for Democracy. "The [groups] they work with are the wrong ones," Jasser told TheDC.
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