A Minnesota woman is charged in federal court with stealing a passport so she could travel to Syria. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday that 20-year-old Yusra Ismail of St. Paul is charged with stealing and misusing a passport. According to the complaint, Ismail visited a friend on Aug. 18, asked to see her passport and surreptitiously took it.
A U.S. magistrate will allow a Twin Cities man to be released pending his conspiracy trial that accuses him of attempting to fight with ISIS in Syria. However, Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron’s decision requires that 18-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf will have strict monitoring and must turn over his U.S. passport. Yusuf is charged with conspiring with a friend, Abdi Nur, in providing “material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” also known as ISIL or ISIS.
Minnesota honored its veterans with a special state program Tuesday in Inver Grove Heights. State military leaders honored Minnesota’s 370,000 veterans, including 26,000 who were deployed for extended periods of time after 9/11.
The case of three teenage girls who possibly tried to join Islamic State militants poses vexing questions for U.S. officials about terror groups’ use of social media to recruit people inside the United States.
The nation’s largest community of Somalis is on a mission to stamp out recruiting for Syrian extremist groups in Minneapolis after a handful of people left to join militants. Community leaders and law-enforcement agencies fear the extremists are looking for more recruits. The anti-jihad work is not unlike efforts to keep young people out of gangs in any number of other U.S. cities.
With airstrikes underway in Syria, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he’s worried about the success of the second half of President Barack Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State extremists: arming and training Syrian rebels.
A look at four Americans who became jihadis, and what motivated them to fight:
Some members of Minnesota’s large Somali community are excited that the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area will participate in a federal pilot program to stop terror recruiting.
The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to detect American extremists who are looking to join terror organizations overseas. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger told The Associated Press about the Twin Cities’ participation during a Tuesday interview.
When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city’s large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.
Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden says he would vote to give President Barack Obama authorization for expanded air strikes against Islamic State group militants.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he’s happy to have the outlines of a plan to combat the threat of Islamic State militants but that he wonders what effect it will have on recruitment for the terror group, including in Minnesota communities.
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Throughout his speech Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama referred to the militant terror group as ISIL. But, often, the media refers to that same group as ISIS or the Islamic State.
The latest ISIS recruit from Minnesota is a 19-year-old woman who told her family she will be taking care of wounded fighters in Syria.