- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 2, 2002

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Up to 2,000 people have left the United States over the past 20 years to fight in Islamic militant groups around the world, according to the weekly U.S. News & World Report magazine.
The figure includes foreign-born U.S. permanent residents, as well as U.S. citizens, according to the magazine, which bases its information on interviews with past and present U.S. and foreign intelligence officials, Islamic militants, and court documents.
The U.S. fighters have joined radical Islamic groups fighting in Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kashmir and Bosnia including groups that Washington considers terrorist organizations.
Most who have joined the groups are Arab-Americans, but they also include U.S.-born blacks, whites, and at least one Puerto Rican, according to the magazine's Monday issue.
A Pakistani intelligence source told U.S. News that up to 400 U.S. recruits were given military training in Pakistani and Afghan jihad camps since 1989.
The most notorious case is that of John Walker Lindh, a 21-year-old who left his comfortable life in Northern California to go to a religious school in Yemen and eventually joined the Taliban, where he was captured by U.S. operatives during fighting in Afghanistan.
Lindh currently faces federal charges including conspiracy that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life.

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