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Man Accused Of Lying To FBI In Terror Probe Ordered Detained

A 19-year-old Minneapolis man charged with lying to the FBI during a terrorism investigation has been ordered detained while his case is presented to a grand jury. Hamza Ahmed was arrested last week as authorities are investigating people who have gone to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group.

02/09/2015

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Mpls. Man Charged With Lying To FBI In Terror Investigation

A Minneapolis man is charged with making false statements in a terrorism investigation after allegedly lying about his attempt to fly to Turkey — a country considered to be a gateway for linking up with terrorist networks. Nineteen-year-old Hamza Ahmed was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents after being removed from a plane leaving New York City’s JFK International Airport for Istanbul on Nov. 9, 2014.

02/05/2015

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Minnesota Terror Suspect Ordered To Halfway House

A Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group has been ordered to a halfway house while his case is pending.

01/27/2015

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Feds: Woman Stole Passport To Travel To Syria

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.

12/02/2014

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Minn. ISIS Suspect Allowed To Go Free Pending Trial

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.

11/26/2014

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Unemployment Rate Down For Minnesota Veterans

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.

11/11/2014

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Girls’ Journey Renews Fears Of Terror Recruiting

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.

10/23/2014

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Minneapolis Community Fights Recruiters For Jihad

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.

10/01/2014

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Franken: Reservations On Arming Rebels In Syria

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.

09/23/2014

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A Look At American Jihadis: Why Do They Fight?

A look at four Americans who became jihadis, and what motivated them to fight:

09/20/2014

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Anti-Terror Pilot Brings Hope To Minnesota Somalis

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.

09/17/2014

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Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 Site Of Anti-Terror Program

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.

09/16/2014

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U.S. Extremism Fight Could Take Cue From Minnesota

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.

09/16/2014

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McFadden Backs Air Strikes Against Islamic State

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden says he would vote to give President Barack Obama authorization for expanded air strikes against Islamic State group militants.

09/12/2014

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Franken Welcomes Obama Plan On Islamic State

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.

09/11/2014

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DAVE LEE’S MORNING SHOW POLL: Presidential Address On I.S.I.L.

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09/11/2014

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Good Question: Is It ISIS, ISIL, Or The Islamic State?

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.

09/10/2014

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The Latest ISIS Recruit From Minn. Is A 19-Year-Old Woman

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.

09/04/2014

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Franken Asks DOJ To Address ISIL Recruitment

Senator Al Franken wrote a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking them to address recruitment efforts of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

09/03/2014

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Family Hopes Report Of 2nd MN Man Dying Fighting For ISIS Are Wrong

Family and friends of a Minnesota man are hoping reports that he died fighting with ISIS in Somalia are wrong. On Thursday, the State Department said they could not confirm news and social media reports that a second Minnesotan — Abdiramaan Muhumud — also died fighting for ISIS.

08/28/2014

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What Makes Westerners Join The Fight In Syria?

Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting alongside the Islamic State, was part of a growing number of foreign fighters recruited to fight alongside terror groups.

08/27/2014

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Family Stunned Over Minnesota Man’s Alleged Ties To ISIS

The State Department has confirmed that a man who grew up in Minnesota has died while fighting for a terrorist group overseas. Douglas McCain, a 33-year-old man who grew up in New Hope, died over the weekend in Syria. Officials said they believe he was killed while fighting for the terrorist group ISIS.

08/27/2014

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High School Friend Speaks On Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS

The State Department has confirmed that a man who grew up in Minnesota has died while fighting for a terrorist group overseas. Thirty-three-year-old Douglas McCain, who grew up in New Hope, died over the weekend in Syria.

08/26/2014

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Good Question: Who Is ISIS?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has already taken over several key cities. This is a militant group that’s so extreme that traditional Al Qaeda has disavowed it. The ISIS jihadists move quickly and brutally.

08/11/2014

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Gas Prices Are Falling, But For How Long?

Drivers have a little more money in the bank this week. Gas is on average $3.30 a gallon. A month ago, it was 45-cents higher, and experts predicted prices would stay high. Renae Jackson of Burnsville fills up twice a week. “On a regular basis, we drive to school, I drive him to school, daycare, dance, soccer,” Johnson said.

10/14/2013

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