MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury has resumed deliberations in the case of two Minnesota women accused of conspiring to funnel money to a terror group in Somalia.

Jurors completed their first full day of deliberations Tuesday with no verdict in the trial of 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan.

Prosecutors say they were part of a “deadly pipeline” that routed money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia.

Defense attorneys portray them as humanitarians who wanted to help the poor in their war-torn homeland and tried to aid those protecting Somalia.

The women, U.S. citizens of Somali descent, were among 20 people charged in Minnesota in federal investigations into recruiting and financing for al-Shabab, considered a terror group with ties to al-Qaida.

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Comments (18)
  1. Bill says:

    Where is the rest of the bag? For her head I mean.

    1. skankytoe says:

      I bet she has the worst smelling camel in the desert!

      1. Rags says:

        Pity the camel she rides on.

  2. Matt B. says:

    From what I heard, they have quite a bit of concrete evidence against these ladies. (phone calls/emails)

    If you want to fund your terrorists, then go live with them in Somalia while you fund them!

    1. Why so long? says:

      It disgusts me that the jury is taking this long. Makes me think some d-bag is going to hang the jury and the terrorists will get off.

  3. MarkH says:

    Let’s just agree to stop using euphemisms like “terrorist” and call them what they truly are-religious fundamentalist. Terrorism is the means by which the attempt to bring about change, or be noticed. The true motivation among this set is the doctrine of Islamist totalitarianism and the willingness to kill for an unseen entity. As long as we keep referring to these people by the tactics they use instead of the motivating ideology, we will always be fighting them. What is needed here is education and critical thinking; allowing people to indoctrinate young children with hateful, wicked, vengeful ideas of supernatural origin there is no end to the violence and bloodshed that will result. Education is the key-without it we are doomed to this circle of violence and terrorism for many decades (assuming we last that long) to come. Peace.

    1. Wrong!! says:

      There are plenty of religious fundamentalists that never reach the point of what these dirt bags do; they are indeed terrorists, a level beyond fundamentalists. Don’t sugar coat things

  4. Mr. Knowitall says:

    “They” enable the “terrorists” by sending ” them” funds to continue to kill anybody that do not aggree with thier religious ideals. Those ideals seem to include Killing Jews, Christians, others, who do not chose to be a Follower of that prophet whats his name.

    1. Mr. Knowitall says:

      And… Why the Hell do we have 60,000 somilias in MN? More than the rest of the country? Is it because of Minnesota nice? or that it was kept a low profile for a long long time.

  5. Elmo says:

    When the Jury convicts them, we will be paying 26k+ per year to house them for a long long time. Feds have a 98% conviction rate if taken to trail. They don’t loose. I do agree the two were exercising their Religious views. But our Government makes a huge Mountain out of a mole hill.

    1. Mr. Knowitall says:

      They and thier kind make mole hills out of buildings with innocents in them and they belive this thier right to do so because of thier religion

  6. Jim says:

    Call Homeland Security!! Tell them to get the return boat ready. Enough is enough. Make them dress like Americans.

    1. Guy says:

      Thats a horrible comparison to make … and an INSULT to a poor innoscent chimpanzee…

  7. Bill says:

    I would volunteer to drag the razor across their filthy throats and bleed them like the pigs they are!

  8. Bill says:

    And by the way, why was this article so difficult to find on WCCO’S web site. Who are trying to appease and not offend. These barbarians hate us and we pay for thier housing, thier food and medical (which by the way, they brought every decease and unheard of illness with them, when all the do gooders who are trying to buy thier way into heaven brought them over here, but why should that be a surprise anyone hell they can’t even feed themselves).

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