An Islamic school funded by the Saudi government has scrapped
plans to build a campus in Loudoun County.

The Islamic Saudi Academy already has two campuses in Fairfax. It wanted to
open 3,500 student campus on about 101 acres in Ashburn. Now the academy
says it will sell the land. County officials tell The Washington Post they
have approved plans to buy it for $13.5 million as a site for public
schools.

The Ashburn project was approved by county supervisors six years ago, after
months of heated public debate. Residents raised concerns about Saudis
moving to the area, and contended that the school could be a target of
terrorist attacks. Others complained about the Saudi government’s human
rights record

 

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