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Jihadism Among American Islamic Youth

Security cameras are mounted on all four corners of the Islamic Circle of North America mosque in Alexandria, Va. The mosque is linked to five Americans recently detained in Pakistan on allegations of terrorism. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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We are part of a 24-hour news operation, but we're only a one hour daily program. So here's the ongoing daily dilemma: what to pursue, what to leave in and. We spent a lot of time on the Nobel Peace prize — winning the prize — because that is the story of the day. We heard excerpts from the President's speech, and we'll be interested to know what you think of it.

BUT there is another story we are following about the young men who were detained in Pakistan.

And one of our guests made what I consider to be a rather startling observation. I asked Imam Johari Abdul Malik, a former chaplain at Howard University, now on the staff at the local Dar Al Hijrah mosque, if he feels there is a belief in jihadism emerging among some American Islamic youth. He said, yes.

Listen to the full conversation here.

This is a concern that has been expressed by some non-Muslim commentators, notably Thomas Friedman. He recently wrote about it in The New York Times.

To hear from a Muslim religious and civic leader about a concern than some youth, born and raised in the U.S., have taken on this suicidal, anti-American ideology is worrisome. Or, is it a sign of hope that those who know the issue best and are best prepared to address it are in fact going to do so?