Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the nation, with an estimated population of 32,000 people. Some young Somalis find they even have a language gap with their own parents who can’t speak English.
A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty last year to helping young Somalis leave Minnesota and return to their homeland to fight with the terror group al-Shabab must stay in custody until his sentencing.
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in North America. Starting in the 90s, the Twin Cities became a safe haven for tens of thousands wanting to escape war and famine. On Saturday, hundreds took part in the Run to Unite event to raise awareness about the famine in Somalia.
One recruiter was a smooth talker who would introduce young Somali men to others planning to leave Minnesota to wage jihad back home. Another had an uncle in Somalia who would help the men once they arrived. A third would quote the Quran to deepen the recruits’ resolve.
A Minneapolis man has been convicted of helping send young men to Somalia to join the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab.
Jurors have resumed deliberating in the trial of a Minnesota man accused of helping send men to Somalia to join the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab.
A Minnesota terrorism suspect accused of sending men from Minnesota to their native Somalia to join an al-Qaida-linked group, al-Shabab, used them as “cannon fodder,” a prosecutor said Wednesday.
A Minnesota man accused of helping send fighters to a terror group in Somalia told authorities that other men were preparing to travel to the East African country but that the FBI “chased us out.”
A Minnesota man accused of helping supply fighters to a terror group in Somalia started laughing during questioning last year when authorities played recordings of phone calls in which he spoke about al-Shabab, then later told an interpreter: “They got me,” an FBI agent testified Monday.
A Minnesota man who joined the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia says he never saw a man accused of supporting recruits take part in planning meetings at a Minneapolis mosque.
A Minnesota man who left the United States to join a terror group in Somalia told others he wanted to return to Minneapolis because a friend was sick. Instead, he was somehow talked into staying and ended up killing himself in a suicide bombing months later.
Defense attorneys for a Minnesota man accused of helping to send fighters and money to a terror group in Somalia are working to raise doubts about a key prosecution witness.
The mother of a young Somali man who died after leaving Minnesota to fight with al-Shabab openly wept when shown photos of his body Wednesday during the trial of a man accused of directing young expatriates to join the terror group in Somalia.
A trial begins Monday for a Minnesota man accused of helping finance fighters for al-Shabab in Somalia.
A leader in the Somali community confirmed that Omar Farah is the latest young man to be recruited into Al-Shabaab – the Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda.