US Muslim leaders concerned about anti-extremism initiative

Minnesota Muslim leaders are raising concerns about an initiative to counter extremism in the Twin Cities.

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger is leading a Minnesota delegation to Washington this week to share a strategy for empowering young Somali-Americans and fighting homegrown radicalization.

The executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Jaylani Hussein said Andy Luger’s plan may be well-intentioned, but the top federal prosecutor in the state shouldn’t be leading the effort to expand social services.

Critics have objected to the pilot program to stem recruiting, arguing it risks stigmatizing Muslims and won’t be effective due to community suspicion of the government’s involvement.

US is holding global anti violent extremism conference next week in the Washington DC.