Terrorism

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Minnesota FBI: Terror Arrests Haven’t Stopped Travel Plots

The head of the FBI in Minneapolis says the high-profile arrests of six young area men charged with plotting to join the Islamic State group haven’t stopped others from aspiring to do so. In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said “there are people in this community that are at various stages along the path to traveling as we speak.” He didn’t elaborate on numbers.

08/26/2015

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Attorneys For Terror Defendants Ask For ID Of Informant

New court documents show an informant who gave authorities information about seven men who face trial for plotting to join the Islamic State group was paid nearly $42,000 over less than five months of work. The documents were filed Thursday by attorneys for six of the men charged with conspiracy to provide support to a foreign terror group.

08/06/2015

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Activists Want More Transparency In Counterterrorism Efforts

Muslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation on Thursday called for greater transparency in a program by President Barack Obama’s administration that’s aimed at countering homegrown terrorism.

08/06/2015

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Flurry Of Filings In Minn. Terrorism Case

There was a lot of activity Thursday in the terror case involving a number of young Minnesota Somalis accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

08/06/2015

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Activists Want More Transparency In Counterterrorism Efforts

Muslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation are calling for greater transparency in an Obama administration program aimed at countering homegrown terrorism.

08/06/2015

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Federal Judge Takes Nuanced Approach In US Terrorism Cases

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis had seen this in his courtroom before — a young Somali-American who hadn’t previously been a troublemaker was now accused of conspiring to leave the U.S. and join the Islamic State group.

07/31/2015

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Judge Orders Terror Suspect To Remain In Custody

One of the seven men who are accused of trying to join ISIS has been ordered to stay in custody. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled Monday that Abdullahi Yusuf of Inver Grove Heights will remain in custody of the U.S. Marhsal.

07/06/2015

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Judge To Consider Releasing Terror Suspects To Halfway Houses

The judge overseeing the case of seven men who are accused of trying to join ISIS is considering their proposals to be released into halfway houses or be put under home supervision.

06/26/2015

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MN Terror Suspect Released Following Supreme Court Ruling

A young man who had threatened local FBI agents was set free Tuesday in part because of a U.S. Supreme court ruling 10 days ago. Mohamed Ali Omar, the older brother of one of seven Minnesota terror suspects accused of trying to join ISIS, was found guilty in March of threatening FBI agents who came to his south Minneapolis home to investigate his brother.

06/09/2015

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Cities Take Different Tacks Fighting Extremist Recruiting

As Islamic State propagandists set their sights on recruiting Western youths through slickly produced videos, newscasts, blogs and tweets, U.S. cities with large Muslim populations are reaching out to fight the threat — and finding that one size does not fit all.

06/05/2015

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Potential Jihadist Threats Impacting Some Local Brides

A handful of brides in the Twin Cities are scrambling to find a new reception hall after the Fort Snelling Officer’s Club shut down due to heightened security. “Due to increased force protections, the Officer’s Club will remain closed until further notice,” the club’s voice message said.

05/14/2015

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Defenders Of Minn. Men Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS Claim Entrapment

Defenders of some Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS say the FBI entrapped them. The government charged four men and two of their friends with trying to go overseas: Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.

05/13/2015

Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Hanad Mustafe Musse, Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman and Guled Ali Omar (credit: Sherburne County Jail, Anoka County Sheriff and Hennepin County Sheriff)

Judge Orders Terror Suspects To Remain In Jail Prior To Trial

Five Minnesota terror suspects will remain in jail, at least for now, as they wait for their trial. But a judge left the possibility open that he would consider putting them in halfway houses or some other less restrictive setting.

05/12/2015

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Tweet Threatens High-Ranking Military Member

United States military bases are on their highest alert in four years Friday night. While a Pentagon spokesperson stressed it was not due to a specific threat, a WCCO investigation has found a specific tweet on April 30 listing the address on a U.S. military base of a top U.S. general in charge of leading the U.S. response to ISIS.

05/08/2015

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Minn. Terror Suspect Returns To Twitter, Posts False Information

A fugitive Minnesota terror suspect was back on Twitter Tuesday, spreading false information about a Texas attack to ISIS sympathizers. WCCO reported Monday how the Minnesotan known as Mujahid Miski encouraged one of two gunmen involved in an attempted attack on a Texas event.

05/05/2015

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Man Accused Of Tweeting Threats Over ISIS Arrests To Remain In Jail

The Minneapolis man charged with making threats in retaliation over the six Minnesota men who prosecutors say were trying to join ISIS will remain in jail.

04/29/2015

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Man Charged With Threatening Att’y General Over Terror Charges

A man has been charged with making threats in retaliation over the six Minnesota men who prosecutors say were trying to join ISIS. Mahamed Abukar Said is accused of tweeting that he would “whack” the U.S. Attorney General, and said that he would “kill for those guys.”

04/24/2015

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San Diego Terrorism Case To Be Sent To Minnesota

A man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group is going to be sent from California to Minnesota to face charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford in San Diego signed a warrant for the removal of Mohamad Farah.

04/24/2015

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Terror Suspect’s Sister: ‘I Feel Like My Brother Got Set Up’

We are learning more about one of the six Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS. The sister of 20-year-old Guled Omar spoke to WCCO Wednesday evening. “I believe that my brother is innocent and that he didn’t do anything wrong,” Shukri Omar said.

04/22/2015

Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Hanad Mustafe Musse, Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman and Guled Ali Omar (credit: Sherburne County Jail, Anoka County Sheriff and Hennepin County Sheriff)

Minnesota Mother Shocked That 2 Sons Face Terror Charges

The mother of two Minnesota men charged with attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria says she didn’t see anything amiss and doesn’t believe they wanted to join the terrorist group. Nineteen-year-old Adnan Abdihamid Farah and 21-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah

04/22/2015

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‘They Destroyed Our Home,’ Terror Suspect’s Family Says

More details are emerging about the six Minnesotans who are accused of trying to join ISIS, and were arrested Sunday both in Minneapolis and in San Diego.

04/21/2015

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Defendants’ Families Doubt FBI’s Terror Case

Friends and relatives of six young men arrested for alleged recruitment into a foreign terror group believe the government’s case is thin.

04/20/2015

Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Hanad Mustafe Musse, Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman and Guled Ali Omar (credit: Sherburne County Jail, Anoka County Sheriff and Hennepin County Sheriff)

6 From Minnesota Charged With Trying To Join Islamic State

Authorities in Minnesota have charged six men they say attempted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. A criminal complaint unsealed Monday charges the men with conspiring to provide and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

04/20/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Difference Between First, Second and Third Degree Murder?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office could file charges as early as Tuesday against Pierre Collins in the death of his 10-year-old son, Barway. On Monday, the Crystal Police Department announced they’d arrested […]

04/13/2015

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Minn. Law Officials Express Concern Over Stalled Homeland Security Bill

Congress has until midnight Friday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland security. The agency’s funding bill has become tied up in the immigration dispute between President Obama and Republicans.

02/27/2015

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