Study: U.S. must work with Muslim communities to fight terrorism

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the Obama administration mulls over how to break the cycle of terrorism, here's one suggestion from Middle East experts: The government needs to work within Muslim communities in the U.S. to counter extremism before it becomes violent. That, they say, would prevent Islamic militant groups from gathering new recruits.

In a study due out later this week, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy says America must not only defeat terrorists, but also blunt the influence of radical groups that spread venomous ideologies that can eventually lead to violence.

Al-Qaida remains the number one threat to the U.S., but experts agree that homegrown terrorists and other related groups are an increasing menace.

The argument is underscored by the recent disappearance of Muslim-Americans from Minnesota, 1 of whom become a suicide bomber in Somalia.

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