Video here: Saudi Academy Expansion Draws Critics More at: County caves to Islamic school's requests (OneNewsNow.com) The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) is upset that Fairfax County sent e-mail invitations to county residents, inviting them to a free dinner and symposium called "Understanding Islam Conference: A Symposium to Promote Peace, Harmony, Understanding and Cultural Diversity" held on June 20 by an Islamic group. The event was aimed ostensibly at helping promote the school's plans to expand its Fairfax campus to accommodate 200 additional students. VAST chairman James Lafferty says the county should not have helped to promote the event. More at Fox: Coalition Fights Expansion of Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com Founded in 1984, the Islamic Saudi Academy seeks to "enable students to excel academically while maintaining the values of Islam and proficiency with the Arabic language," according to its Web site. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the school's valedictorian in 1999, was convicted in November 2005 of joining Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush. He was later sentenced to 30 years in prison. More recently, Raed Abdul-Rahman Al-Saif, who reportedly graduated from the school in 2003, was arrested last month at a Florida airport when he allegedly tried to board a plane while in possession of a seven-inch kitchen knife.