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Somalis Leaving U.S. for Jihad
PAJAMAS MEDIA via FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com ^ | December 12, 2008 | Patrick Poole

Posted on 12/12/2008 3:57:22 AM PST by Cindy

Pajamas Media | Friday, December 12, 2008 The funeral for Shirwa Ahmed last week in Burnsville, Minnesota, punctuated a growing national security threat metastasizing inside the U.S. — one Homeland Security and law enforcement authorities have quickly taken note of. Ahmed, who killed himself in a suicide bombing attack in Somalia in October, is just one of up to 40 men from the Twin Cities area who have disappeared and are feared to have returned to their homeland for training with the al-Shabaab terrorist group to wage jihad. The FBI is investigating similar disappearances in other major Somali communities in Columbus, OH, Atlanta, Boston, San Diego, and Seattle. There are even reports coming from Europe, recently from Denmark, of Somali men returning home to fight with al-Shabaab and other terrorist organizations.

ABC News also reports that a Somali from Boston, Tarek Mehenna, a U.S. citizen, was arrested last month on his way to Somalia to wage jihad after being in contact with Daniel Maldonado, a Muslim convert currently in federal prison after pleading guilty to training at a Somali terror training camp after being captured in Kenya with a Somali terrorist cell.

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To: Cindy
Each and every family member of a jihadist should be deported forthwith....with no appeal.

Nam Vet

101 posted on 09/23/2009 6:07:43 PM PDT by Nam Vet (Each and every family memer)
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After collecting links, reading web sites, watching videos and posting on the global jihad since 9/11; I appreciate your idea and endorse it.


102 posted on 09/23/2009 6:15:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Velveeta; Oorang

Previously...

Blog - Threat Matrix at LongWarJournal.org

http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2009/09/somali_al_qaeda_leaders_captur.php

“Somali al Qaeda leaders captured in last week’s raid?”
By DANIELE RAINERI
September 22, 2009 4:22 PM

PHOTO CAPTION:Abu Mansur al Amriki (standing, background) at the Abu Suleim camp in Somalia.”

SNIPPET: “Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera has some interesting news on the covert raid conducted by US Special Forces, dubbed Celestial Balance, that targeted an al Qaeda leader in Southern Somalia on Sept. 14th. According to a local stringer for the newspaper, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was not killed but captured alive. Along with Nabhan, American commandos apprehended Abu Mansur al Amriki, the American convert to Islam who has become a commander in charge of military training for Shabaab.

Amriki can be seen in Shabaab’s latest propaganda videotape, released on Sunday, leading the training of Shabaab fighters at the Abu Suleim camp.”
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“Shabaab training camps and military movements”
By BILL ROGGIO
September 22, 2009 3:32 PM


103 posted on 09/23/2009 9:32:08 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://terrorfreesomalia.blogspot.com/

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“Shabaab claims American was one of last week’s suicide bombers”
By DANIELE RAINERISeptember 24, 2009 10:01 PM

SNIPPET: “A website affiliated with Shabaab celebrated a Somali-American from Seattle as one of the suicide bombers who conducted a complex assault against the African Union peacekeeper base in Mogadishu last week.

The suicide bombers easily entered the AMISOM military compound while driving two white vehicles with United Nations markings. “We thought they were real UN cars carrying white people,” a witness told Reuters. The drivers of the car “spoke English and identified themselves as being from the United Nations,” Somalia’s information minister said.”

SNIPPET: “The deputy military commander for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was among the 21 people killed.

The bomber – in his 20s – had lived in the United States until as recently as 2007. He’s the seventh American thought to have been killed while fighting with Shabaab in Somalia.”

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http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/09/shabaab_suicide_atta.php

“Shabaab suicide attack kills 9, including senior African Union commander”
By BILL ROGGIO
September 17, 2009 3:29 PM

SNIPPET; “Shabaab suicide bombers conducted a coordinated assault against an African Union peacekeeper base in Mogadishu. The deputy military commander for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was among the nine people killed in the attack.

The suicide bombers entered the AMISOM military compound in Mogadishu driving two white vehicles with United Nations markings, Reuters reported. The two UN-marked vehicles, which were looted from a compound in Baidoa, were followed by two truckloads of Somali troops.

“We thought they were real UN cars carrying white people, but moments later deafening thunder shook the ground,” a witness at the compound told Reuters. “The area was covered with flames and clouds of smoke.”

The drivers of the car “spoke English and identified themselves as being from the United Nations,” Somalia’s information minister said.

Shabaab had good intelligence on when and how to launch the attack. The attack took place as AMISOM commanders were meeting with senior Somalia officials at the compound, and the attackers entered the compound with ease.”


104 posted on 09/24/2009 10:46:11 PM PDT by Cindy
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www.nefafoundation.org/multimedia-prop.html#abu_suleim_fighting

http://counterterrorismblog.org/2009/09/nefa_foundation_video_the_batt.php

“(NEFA Foundation) Video: “The Battle for Control of Somalia: Shabaab al-Mujahideen on the Frontline””

By Evan Kohlmann
(September 25, 2009)


105 posted on 09/26/2009 10:43:53 PM PDT by Cindy
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MUSLIMS NOW HUNTING CHRISTIANS IN AFRICA
The Last Crusade ^ | 30 September, 2009 | The Last Crusade
Posted on September 30, 2009 1:30:30 PM PDT by Psion

Forget Lions and Tigers

The Latest in Big Game

thelastcrusade.org

Somalia (MNN) - Somalia’s Muslim militants are hunting down converts to Christianity. According to Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Al-Shabaab members have murdered 14 believers since July 15.

Compass Direct News reports the September 15 shooting death of 69-year-old Omar Khalafe, an underground Christian who had Bibles in his possession.

On the day of his death, Khalafe was carrying 25 Somali Bibles he hoped to deliver to an underground fellowship in Somalia. At a checkpoint controlled by al Shabaab—a rebel group linked with al Qaeda which has taken over large parts of the war-torn country—bus passengers were ordered to disembark for inspection.

Voice of the Martyrs Canada and Compass Direct reports agree on the events following the discovery of the Bibles.

The assailants used photos they found to determine if they could match the faces to any passengers. When they noticed a resemblance to Khalafe, they asked if the Bibles were his. The radicals shot and killed him when he did not respond.

Militants then displayed his body in Merca along with the Bibles as a warning to others. Later that day, a militant reported Khalafe’s death on a radio program.

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106 posted on 09/30/2009 1:44:53 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/02/fbi-director-al-qaeda-linked-somali-group-planning-attacks/

“FBI Director: Al Qaeda-Linked Somali Group Could Attack U.S.”

SNIPPET: “For the first time, the FBI director has stated on the record that the Al Qaeda-linked group al-Shabaab is no longer content to strike within the East African nation of Somalia.”

By Catherine Herridge
FOXNews.com
Friday, October 02, 2009

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107 posted on 10/02/2009 4:30:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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Islamic Extremists in Somalia Kill Another Church Leader
Compass Direct News ^ | October 01 2009
Posted on October 3, 2009 9:34:42 AM PDT by knighthawk

Bantu woman shot after wife of militant confirmed she had Bibles.

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 1 (CDN) — Islamic militants in Somalia this week killed a woman who led an underground Christian movement in the war-torn country.

Sources told Compass that a leader of Islamic extremist al Shabaab militia in Lower Juba identified only as Sheikh Arbow shot to death 46-year-old Mariam Muhina Hussein at 2 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 28) in Marerey village after discovering she had six Bibles. Marerey is eight kilometers (five miles) from Jilib, part of the neighboring Middle Juba region.

Local sources said that on Sunday (Sept. 27) Arbow sent his wife to the house of Hussein, a Somali Bantu, to confirm the presence of the Bibles. Pretending to be interested in Christianity, the militia leader’s wife confirmed the existence of the Bibles.

The sources said Hussein readily agreed to discuss Christianity with Arbow’s wife and read parts of the Bible with her. When Arbow’s wife requested one of the Bibles, however, Hussein demurred.

“She told her that it might not be safe for her, preferring instead that she could visit her regularly for discussions,” said one source. “She then left and promised to visit again soon.”

The next day, Arbow arrived at Hussein’s house with other men and, in a friendly manner, claimed that he wanted to check something in the Bible. Knowing only that Arbow was a fellow ethnic Somali Bantu and having met his wife the previous day, Hussein innocently gave one to him, sources said.

“Immediately, Arbow told her that their mission was to look for Christians who have defiled the Islamic religion,” a source said. “There and then she lacked words to say. She was ordered to get the other Bibles out, and she did.”

Upon receiving the Bibles, sources said, Arbow fired three bullets at Hussein, who died instantly.

The Bibles were published in Swahili; besides this East African lingua franca, Bantus in Lower Juba also speak Kiswahili.

Compass has confirmed the killing with various sources in Nairobi and Somalia who cannot be identified for security reasons.

Hussein’s death comes a few weeks after the rebel militants killed another one of the leaders of Somalia’s Christian movement for distributing Bibles. Al shabaab militants shot 69-year-old Omar Khalafe on Sept. 15 at a checkpoint they controlled 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Merca, a Christian source told Compass.

Al Shabaab, said to have links with al Qaeda terrorists, controls much of southern parts of Somalia, as well as other areas of the nation. Besides striving to topple President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s Transitional Federal Government in Mogadishu, the militants also seek to impose sharia (Islamic law).

In August al Shabaab extremists seeking evidence that a Somali man had converted from Islam to Christianity shot him dead near the Somali border with Kenya, sources said. The rebels killed 41-year-old Ahmed Matan in Bulahawa, Somalia on Aug. 18.

In Mahadday Weyne, 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, al Shabaab Islamists on July 20 shot to death another convert from Islam, Mohammed Sheikh Abdiraman, at 7 a.m., eyewitnesses told Compass. The militants also reportedly beheaded seven Christians on July 10. Reuters reported that they were killed in Baidoa for being Christians and “spies.”

On Feb. 21 al shabaab militants beheaded two young boys in Somalia because their Christian father refused to divulge information about a church leader, according to Musa Mohammed Yusuf, the 55-year-old father who was living in a Kenya refugee camp when he spoke with Compass.


108 posted on 10/03/2009 9:53:47 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSLC594836

“Kenyan police arrest American heading for Somalia”

NAIROBI, Oct 12 (Reuters) -
SNIPPET: “A witness told Reuters that the man was arrested on Sunday by police manning the immigration office at the border town of Liboi in Kenya’s North Eastern province. He was on his way to Qoqani in southern Somalia without any security escort.”

SNIPPET: “Police thought the man’s willingness to enter the conflict-torn nation where foreigners are routinely kidnapped for huge ransoms was puzzling, the witness added. The area he wanted to go to is controlled by the al Shabaab rebel group which the United States says is al Qaeda’s proxy in Somalia.

The U.S. national had said he was a Muslim and denied any connection to Islamic radicals who make up the bulk of the insurgency in Somalia, said the witness.”


109 posted on 10/13/2009 2:41:31 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.meforum.org/2486/somalia-al-shabaab-strategic-challenge

FALL 2009 • VOLUME XVI: NUMBER 4

“The Strategic Challenge of Somalia’s Al-Shabaab
Dimensions of Jihad”

by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
Middle East Quarterly
Fall 2009, pp. 25-36

SNIPPET: “Al-Shabaab’s Strategic Outlook

Today, Al-Shabaab is a capable fighting force that implements a strict version of Shari’a in key areas of Somalia. Its range is enhanced by training camps from which many Western Muslims have graduated. This has made Al-Shabaab a significant security concern to several countries, including the United States.

Terrorist training. Given the relationship noted above between Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda, which includes ideological affinity and interlocking leadership, there are worries about Al-Shabaab’s connections to transnational terrorism. These concerns are bolstered by Al-Shabaab’s operation of terrorist training camps, successors to the ICU camps.

One of the clearest signs that training camps have reopened in Somalia is an exodus of young Somali men from Minneapolis-St. Paul and elsewhere in the United States.[72] There are further reports of young Somali men going missing from Canada, Europe, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.[73] A senior U.S. military intelligence officer reports that simultaneous disappearances in several countries are best explained by the reopening of Somali training facilities such as those in Ras Kamboni.[74]

The biggest concern is not what these individuals do while in Somalia but what happens when they return to the countries from which they came. It is a concern not only for the United States but also Britain: The Times of London reports that the British security services believe that “[d]ozens of Islamic extremists have returned to Britain from terror training camps in Somalia.”[75] British intelligence analysts are concerned about possible terror attacks in the U.K., and British television has reported that an October 2007 suicide bombing in Somalia was thought to have been carried out by a U.K.-raised bomber.[76] Peter Neumann of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College, London, told Channel 4 News: “The numbers I hear (going from Britain to Somalia) are 50, 60 or 70, but in reality we don’t know. You don’t need big numbers for terrorism.”[77]

Al-Shabaab’s training is both military and ideological.”


111 posted on 10/22/2009 4:10:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.defenddemocracy.org/images/stories/Al-Shabaabs_Recruiting_Efforts_in_the_West.pdf

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“CTR Vantage: Al Shabaab’s Recruiting Efforts in the West”
COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org ^ | November 4, 2009 09:16 PM | By Madeleine Gruen
Posted on November 5, 2009 1:09:20 AM PST by Cindy


112 posted on 11/05/2009 1:17:11 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2009/11/arrest_in_netherlands_may_yiel.php

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http://www.startribune.com/local/69713097.html

“Alleged Somali recruiter arrested, linked to Minnesota”

SNIPPET: “A 43-year-old Somali man from Minneapolis was arrested this week in the Netherlands for allegedly financing the recruitment of up to 20 young Somali men from Minnesota to train and fight with terrorists in their homeland.”

By JAMES WALSH and RICHARD MERYHEW, Star Tribune
Last update: November 11, 2009 - 5:45 AM

SNIPPET: “Dutch prosecutors said in a statement that the man lived in Minneapolis before leaving the United States in November 2008 and arrived in the Netherlands about one month later.

The statement said American authorities asked for the man’s arrest and are seeking to have him extradited. Wilson said he could not confirm or deny that.

According to the Dutch statement, U.S. prosecutors suspect the man of bankrolling the purchase of weapons for Islamic extremists and helping other Somalis travel to Somalia in 2007 and 2008.”


113 posted on 11/13/2009 12:57:23 AM PST by Cindy
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http://terrorfreesomalia.blogspot.com/
http://www.shabelle.net

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Officials worried group in Canada went to join Islamic radicals in Somalia
NATIONAL POST.com ^ | Published: Monday, November 16, 2009 | Stewart Bell, National Post
Posted on November 17, 2009 3:21:55 AM PST by Cindy

SNIPPET: “Counterterrorism officials are investigating a group of youths who allegedly left Canada for East Africa two weeks ago, amid concerns they may have gone to join the Somali militant group Al-Shabab.

Two sources familiar with the case said investigators had been canvassing Toronto’s large Somali-Canadian community for information about as many as five men who departed Canada together in early November.

They are believed to have flown to Kenya, the sources said. Kenya borders the region of southern Somalia controlled by Al-Shabab, an Islamist militia aligned with al-Qaeda and sometimes likened to the Taliban.”

SNIPPET: “”Radicalization within the U.S. Somali community may be an indicator of similar processes at work in Canada,” Commissioner William Elliott said in his Oct. 30 address to the Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies in Ottawa.”

SNIPPET: “A handful of Canadians have fought with armed Somali groups in recent years, including Abdullah Ali Afrah, a former Toronto businessman who was killed last year while leading an ambush against Ethiopian troops.

The directors of the Khalid Mosque, one of the most popular places of worship for Somali-Canadians in Toronto, said in a statement to the National Post in September they had no knowledge of any youths who had traveled to Somalia to fight.”

SNIPPET: “Al-Shabab has become a priority in Washington since the families of several Minnesota youths came forward to complain that their young relatives were being radicalized and recruited into Al-Shabab.

At least two Americans have already died in Somalia. Shirwa Ahmed, a 27-year-old Minneapolis college student, became the first known U.S. citizen to carry out a suicide bombing when he blew himself up in Somalia last year, killing 30 people. Another American youth was allegedly shot dead as he was preparing to return to the United States.”

Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2230011

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114 posted on 11/17/2009 3:26:25 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: Posted here as a notation and for archival purposes.

Suggestion: Maybe the FBI can ask the jihadis returning to America from Somalia about the murders of these Christians.

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Islamic Extremists Kill Somali Church Leader
ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | Monday, November 16, 2009 | Jeremy Reynalds
Posted on November 17, 2009 4:30:25 PM PST by Cindy

Monday, November 16, 2009

Islamic Extremists Kill Somali Church Leader Thirteenth Christian Assassinated This Year

By Jeremy Reynalds Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ANS) — A human rights group has learned that members of al-Shabab (a Somali Islamic extremist group) have killed yet another leader of an underground church in the Somalia capital of Mogadishu.

Washington-based International Christian Concern (ICC), reported that on Oct. 10, Pastor Ali Hussein Weheliye was returning home from a worship service when two masked members of al-Shabab ambushed and shot him. He was later taken to Darful Shifa Hospital where he died of bullet wounds on Oct. 20.

According to ICC, Ali converted from Islam to Christianity in 1999 while working in Somalia’s capital as a linguist. In 2002, he started pastoring an underground house church. He is survived by his wife and a daughter who are now in hiding fearing for their lives.

ICC reported that Al-Shabab has previously declared Somalia as an Islamic state, vowing to eradicate Christians. Just this year, the group has killed a dozen Somali Christians. Several Christians have also left the country due to the intense persecution. Despite the killings by al-Shabab, the Somali church is growing rapidly.

ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa and South Asia, Jonathan Racho, said in a news release, “The underground church in Somalia is enduring untold suffering. Al-Shabab and other Islamic extremist groups are hunting down and killing Christians. By killing Christians, the Islamic extremists have repeatedly demonstrated utter disregard to human life and freedom of religion.”

ICC asked that readers pray the Lord would comfort and strengthen Ali’s wife and daughter. In addition, ICC requested prayer for courage and wisdom for the underground churches in Somalia.

ICC exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. For more information, go to www.persecution.org.

Jeremy Reynalds is a freelance writer and the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, http://www.joyjunction.org He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “Now You See Me.”

Additional details on some of Reynalds’ previous books are available at http://www.HomelessBook.com. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at jeremyreynalds@comcast.net. Tel: (505) 400-7145.

** You may republish this story with proper attribution.


115 posted on 11/17/2009 4:43:32 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.justice.gov/usao/mn/major/major0458.pdf

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 19, 2009
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/MN

Minneapolis man indicted for providing support
to Somali terrorists

A federal indictment against Omer Abdi Mohamed, age 24, was unsealed today, following
the Minneapolis man’s arrest and initial appearance in court. The indictment, returned by a
federal grand jury on Tuesday of this week, charges Mohamed, also known as “Brother Omer”
and “Galeyr,” with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and related charges.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that from September of 2007 to the present, Mohamed
conspired with others known and unknown to the grand jury to provide material support and
resources, namely, financial support and personnel, knowing and intending that they were to be
used in preparation for and in carrying out a violation of 18 U.S.C. 956(a)(1), which is
conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure persons in a foreign country. Furthermore, Mohamed
allegedly provided that support during that time period. The indictment also details overt acts in
furtherance of the conspiracy. Those acts include the travel of numerous men from Minneapolis
to Somalia. The men included, among others, Kamal Said Hassan, Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, and
Salah Osman Ahmed.

If convicted, Omer Abdi Mohamed faces a potential maximum penalty of 15 years in prison
on count one, 15 years in prison on count two, and life in prison on count three. All sentences are
determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney W.
Anders Folk and U.S. Department of Justice, CounterTerrorism Section Attorney William Narus.

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An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been
committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven
guilty at trial.


116 posted on 11/19/2009 6:46:44 PM PST by Cindy
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Minneapolis Somali man indicted for supporting terrorists
StarTribune ^ | 11/19/09 | James Walsh
Posted on November 19, 2009 4:30:50 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo

A 24-year-old local Somali man was indicted this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on charges of conspiring to provide support to terrorists.

Omer Abdi Mohamed, an unemployed employment counselor and father of a two-month-old boy, also was indicted on charges of conspiracy to “kill, kidnap, maim or injure” people in foreign countries.

Mohamed, of Minneapolis, is the sixth Somali man with local ties to be charged in connection with a two-year-old federal counterrorism investigation aimed at finding out who recruited up to 20 local men of Somali descent to return to their homeland and train and fight with the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab. The probe is considered to be one of the most widesweeping counterterrorism investigations since 9/11.

Mohamed appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel, who agreed to release Mohamed on a $25,000 signature bond after Mohamed’s attorney, Peter Wold, argued that his client was not a risk to flee.

Wold said his client has known for months that he was the subject of a government investigation. He also said that as a young father, Mohamed has no incentive to run.

His next court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 24.

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November 23, 2009

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http://minneapolis.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel09/mp112309.htm

Terror Charges Unsealed in Minnesota Against Eight Defendants, Justice Department Announces

The Justice Department announced that terrorism charges have been unsealed today in the District of Minnesota against eight defendants. According to the charging documents, the offenses include providing financial support to those who traveled to Somalia to fight on behalf of al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization; attending terrorist training camps operated by al-Shabaab; and fighting on behalf of al-Shabaab.

Thus far, 14 defendants have been charged in the District of Minnesota in indictments or criminal complaints that have been unsealed and brought in connection with an ongoing investigation into the recruitment of persons from U.S. communities to train with or fight on behalf of extremist groups in Somalia. Four of these defendants have previously pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

The charges were announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; B Todd Jones, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minneapolis; and Ralph S. Boelter, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“The recruitment of young people from Minneapolis and other U.S. communities to fight for extremists in Somalia has been the focus of intense investigation for many months,” Assistant Attorney General Kris said. “While the charges unsealed today underscore our progress to date, this investigation is ongoing. Those who sign up to fight or recruit for al-Shabaab’s terror network should be aware that they may will end up as defendants in the United States or casualties of the Somali conflict.”

Background

According to court documents, between September 2007 and October 2009, approximately 20 young men, all but one of Somali descent, left the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area and traveled to Somalia, where they trained with al-Shabaab, a designated terrorist organization. Many of them ultimately fought with al-Shabaab against Ethiopian forces, African Union troops, and the internationally-supported Transitional Federal Government (“TFG”).

Court documents also state that the first group of six men traveled to Somalia in December 2007. Prior to their departure, the six men, as well as others in the Minneapolis area, raised money for the trips and held meetings in which they made phone calls to alleged co-conspirators in Somalia.

Upon arriving in Somalia, the men from Minneapolis allegedly stayed at safe-houses in Somalia and attended an al-Shabaab training camp. The al-Shabaab training camp included dozens of other young ethnic Somalis from Somalia, elsewhere in Africa, Europe, and the United States. Purportedly, the trainees were trained by, among others, Somali, Arab, and Western instructors as to small arms, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and military-style tactics. Allegedly, the trainees also were indoctrinated with anti-Ethiopian, anti-American, anti-Isreali, and anti-Western beliefs. Two men from Minneapolis who completed the training camp later participated in an ambush of Ethiopian troops.

According to court documents, on October 29, 2008, Shirwa Ahmed, one of the men who left Minnesota in December 2007 and attended the al-Shabaab training camp, took part in one of five simultaneous suicide attacks on targets in northern Somalia. The attacks appeared to have been coordinated. Shirwa Mohamud Ahmed, also known as “Shirwa,” drove an explosive-laden Toyota truck into an office of the Puntland Intelligence Service in Bossasso, Puntland. Other targets included a second Puntland Intelligence Service Office in Bossasso, the Presidential Palace, the United Nations Development Program office, and the Ethiopian Trade Mission in Hargeisa. Including the suicide bombers, approximately twenty people were killed in the attacks.

Today in Minnesota, United States Attorney B. Todd Jones said of these cases, “The sad reality is that the vibrant Somali community here in Minneapolis has lost many of its sons to fighting in Somalia. These young men have been recruited to fight in a foreign war by individuals and groups using violence against government troops and civilians. Those tempted to fight on behalf of or provide support to any designated terrorist group should know they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Joining U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones was Ralph S. Boelter, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who added, “It is through the sustained and dedicated efforts of the Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force and the support of the Somali-American community that today we are able to disclose some of the siginificant progress we have achieved in this critical investigation. At the same time, I emphasize the sole focus of our efforts in this matter has been the criminal conduct of a small number of mainly Somali-American individuals and not the broader Somali-American community itself, which as consistently expressed deep concern about this pattern of recruitment activity in support of al-Shabaab.”

Charging Documents Unsealed

The Justice Department announced that three charging documents were unsealed this morning in the District of Minnesota:

United States v. Mahamud Said Omar, 09-CR-242

On August 20, 2009, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging Mahamud Said Omar with terrorism offenses. According to the indictment, from September 2007 through the present, Omar, who is a Somali citizen but was granted permanent U.S. resident status in 1994, conspired with others to provide financial assistance as well as personnel to terrorists and foreign terrorist organizations. On November 8, 2009, law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands arrested Omar pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant. The United States has filed its request for extradition. According to documents unsealed this morning, including affidavits in support of the United States’ request for extradition of Omar from the Netherlands, Omar provided money to young men to travel from Minneapolis to Somalia to train with and fight for al-Shabaab. Omar also allegedly visited an al-Shabaab safe-house and provided hundreds of dollars to fund the purchase of AK-47 rifles for men from Minneapolis.

Omar currently is in custody in the Netherlands.

United States v. Ahmed Ali Omar, Khalid Abshir, Zakaria Maruf, Mohamed Hassan and Mustafa Salat , 09-CR-50

On August 20, 2009, a federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment charging Ahmed Ali Omar, Khalid Abshir, Zakaria Maruf, Mohamed Hassan, and Mustafa Salat with terrorism-related offenses. These men were charged in the summer of 2009 with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and foreign terrorist organizations; conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, and injure people outside the United States; possessing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence; and solicitation to commit a crime of violence. The indictments that detail the charges filed against these co-conspirators also were unsealed today.

None of the five defendants is in custody. All five are believed to be outside of the United States.

United States v. Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax United States v. Abdiweli Yassin Isse

On October 9, 2009, a criminal complaint was filed, charging Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax and Abdiweli Yassin Isse with conspiring to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure persons outside the United States. The affidavit filed in support of the complaint states that in the fall of 2007, Faarax and others met at a Minneapolis mosque to telephone co-conspirators in Somalia to discuss the need for Minnesota-based co-conspirators to go to Somalia to fight the Ethiopians. The affidavit also alleges that later that fall, Faarax attended a meeting with co-conspirators at a Minneapolis residence, where he encouraged others to travel to Somalia to fight and told them how he had experienced true brotherhood while fighting a “jihad” in Somalia. Subsequently, Faarax was interviewed three times by authorities and each time denied fighting or knowing anyone who had fought in Somalia.

The criminal complaint states that Abdiweli Yassin Isse also encouraged others to travel to Somalia to fight the Ethiopians. He purportedly described at a gathering of co-conspirators his own plans to fight “jihad” against Ethiopians, and he raised money to buy airplane tickets for others to make the trip to Somalia for the same purpose. In raising that money, he allegedly misled community members into thinking they were contributing money to send young men to Saudi Arabia to study the Koran. The complaint that details the charges filed against these co-conspirators also was unsealed today.

Faarax and Isse are not in custody. Both men are believed to be outside of the United States.

Guilty Pleas

The Justice Department also announced that four residents of Minneapolis have entered guilty pleas in connection with this investigation, one resident of Minneapolis awaits trial on charges that he made false statements to the FBI, and one resident of Minneapolis was just recently indicted on related charges.

United States v. Kamal Hassan, 09-CR-38

On February 19, 2009, Kamal Said Hassan pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to terrorists, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339A, and one count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B, respectively. On August 12, 2009, Hassan pled guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI.

Hassan currently is in custody awaiting sentencing.

United States v. Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, 09-CR-50 United States v. Salah Osman Ahmed, 09-CR-50

On April 24, 2009, Abdifatah Yusuf Isse entered a guilty plea to one count of providing material support to terrorists, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339A. On July 28, 2009, Salah Osman Ahmed entered a guilty plea to one count of providing material support to terrorists, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339A.

Isse and Ahmed currently are in custody awaiting sentencing.

United States v. Adarus Abdulle Ali

On November 2, 2009, Adarus Abdulle Ali pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of perjury for making false statements to a federal grand jury in December of 2008, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1623.

Ali has been released pending a sentencing hearing.

Additional Pending Cases

United States v. Abdow Munye Abdow

On October 13, 2009, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Abdow Munye Abdow with making false statements to the FBI, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2). The indictment alleges that on October 8, 2009, Abdow lied to FBI agents when he was questioned after being stopped during a road trip from Minneapolis to Las Vegas. Abdow purportedly told the agents only one other person was traveling with him when, according to officials, four people were accompanying him. In addition, Adbow allegedly told the agents he did not know how the rental car in which he was riding had been financed when, according to officials, he had used his own debit card to pay for the car.

Abdow has been released pending trial.

United States v. Omer Abdi Mohamed

On November 19, 2009, Omer Abdi Mohamed was arrested on charges that he conspired to provide material support to terrorists; that he provided material support to terrorists; and that he conspired to kill, kidnap, main, and injure persons outside the United States.

Mohamed was released on bond pending further proceedings.

Participants

The investigation into the recruitment of young men to join al-Shabaab and those supporting that recruiting effort has been conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance and cooperation of the Dutch KLPD; the Dutch Ministry of Justice; Judith Friedman at the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs; the U.S. Department of State; the embassies at Abu Dhabi, UAE; Sanaa, Yemen; and The Hague in the Netherlands; and the Department of Defense. The case is being prosecuted by W. Anders Folk, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and William M. Narus, from the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section, with assistance having been provided by David Bitkower, formerly of the Counterterrorism Section and currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.


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NATIONAL POST.com - Full Comment - blog:

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/11/25/daveed-gartenstein-ross-western-terrorism-recruits-in-somalia.aspx

“Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Western terrorism recruits in Somalia”
Posted: November 25, 2009, 8:30 AM by NP Editor
terrorism, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

SNIPPET: “On Monday, the United States unsealed terrorism charges against eight defendants for supporting a Somali Islamist group called al-Shabaab. While few lay people in Canada or the United States have heard of al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-connected extremist organization — which controls a significant amount of territory in Somalia — has recently become a particular concern for analysts examining possible homegrown terrorist flashpoints in North America.

Beginning in late 2007, dozens of young men of Somali descent started disappearing from diaspora communities in the West. It turned out they were returning to Somalia to train in Shabaab camps or to take up arms against Shabaab’s enemies within the country. Islamists of non-Somali descent were also travelling there to join Shabaab.

This phenomenon has been repeating itself in a number of countries.”


119 posted on 11/25/2009 10:28:19 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/December/09-ag-1369.html

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASES

Sunday, December 20, 2009

United States Transfers 12 Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland Region

Twelve detainees have been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland region.

As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of each of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including potential threat, mitigation measures and the likelihood of success in habeas litigation, the detainees were approved for transfer. In accordance with Congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the Administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer the detainees at least 15 days before their transfer.

Over the weekend, four Afghan detainees, Abdul Hafiz, Sharifullah, Mohamed Rahim and Mohammed Hashim, were transferred to the Government of Afghanistan. In addition, two Somali detainees, Mohammed Soliman Barre and Ismael Arale, were transferred to regional authorities in Somaliland. Finally, six Yemeni detainees, Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mari, Farouq Ali Ahmed, Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi, Muhammaed Yasir Ahmed Taher, Fayad Yahya Ahmed al Rami and Riyad Atiq Ali Abdu al Haf, were transferred to the Government of Yemen.

These transfers were carried out under individual arrangements between the United States and relevant foreign authorities to ensure the transfers took place under appropriate security measures. Consultations with foreign authorities regarding these individuals will continue.

Since 2002, more than 560 detainees have departed Guantanamo Bay for other destinations, including Albania, Algeria, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, France, Hungary Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Palau, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Yemen.


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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,582808,00.html

“Somalia, Like Yemen, Growing as Training Ground for Terrorists”
Monday, January 11, 2010

SNIPPET: “The Western face of Al Shabaab is an American, Omar Hammami, from Daphne, Ala. In propaganda videos, he goes by the name of Al-Amriki, which simply means “the American.”

The FBI is investigating the disappearance of two dozen Somali Americans into the Shabaab camps in Somalia. The camps are also drawing recruits form England, Canada and Western Europe.

“Al Shabaab controls much of southern Somalia. It has, as I said. apparently set up camps from which they have run at least several hundred foreign fighters. They’ve introduced and uh, made use of suicide bombings which up until a few years ago were virtually unknown in Somalia,” said Mark Bellamy, former U.S. ambassador to Kenya.”


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http://www.startribune.com/local/82296722.html

“Somali terror suspect out of jail
Seattle resident is cooperating in the investigation of Minneapolis men who left to fight in Somalia.”

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune
Last update: January 21, 2010 - 10:03 PM

SNIPPET: “Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, 25, pleaded guilty to supporting terrorists and has been cooperating for months with investigators working on the case of up to 20 Minneapolis men who returned to jihad in Somalia. He was released after agreeing to pay $25,000 if he does not appear in court when required.”

SNIPPET: “Isse was one of the first men indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of providing material support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure. Since then, 14 men have been indicted or charged in one of this country’s largest counterterrorism investigations since 9/11. Four of the men, including Isse, have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Others are missing and are presumed to have fled to Somalia.

Isse, of Seattle, Wash., was arrested Feb. 24, 2009, at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. At the time, he said he was going to Tanzania to participate in an internship. He had previously left Minneapolis for Somalia in December 2007.”


122 posted on 01/22/2010 3:07:38 PM PST by Cindy
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ON THE INTERNET:


THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "Are There Any Domestic Terrorists NOT Tied to Islamic Networking Website?" -Posted by Rusty (SNIPPET: "It's a serious question.") (January 29, 2010)

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NY TIMES.com: The Jihadist Next Door" by Andrea Elliott (January 27, 2010)

THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "TERROR FREE SOMALIA: Al Shabaab's Abu Mansour Al-Amriki Spent Year in Toronto" (January 5, 2010)

Link

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stepping back in time...THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "THE WEB OF AMERICAN BLOGGERS AND THE TERRORISTS THEY FACILITATE" (SNIPPET: "Is there a connection between online supporters of jihad and actual acts of terrorism? Yes there is.") -Posted by Rusty (October 2, 2007)

123 posted on 01/30/2010 3:43:28 AM PST by Cindy
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INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News: "HOW AL-SHABAAB TARGETS WESTERN YOUTH" (January 29, 2010)

INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News: "JIHADIST RECRUITMENT'S TOLL: ONE AMERICAN FAMILY'S EXPERIENCE" (January 29, 2010)

Link

Link

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ON THE INTERNET:


WASHINGTON POST.com (AP): Rotterdam, Netherlands - "NETHERLANDS TERROR SUSPECT FIGHTS U.S. EXTRADITION" (SNIPPET: "Mohamud Said Omar, 44, is suspected of providing money to the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab that was used to buy guns. Around 20 youths of Somali descent are believed to have traveled to Somalia from Minnesota since 2007 to help the group, which the U.S. says has ties to al-Qaida.") (February 22, 2010, 12:23 pm)
SHIMRON LETTERS - blog: Minneapolis: "MOHAMUD SAID OMAR IS THE MINNESOTA SOMALIA ARRESTED IN THE NETHERLANDS" (November 13, 2009)


JIHAD WATCH.org (TIME.com, March 1, 2010 Issue): "'There's no longer a serious risk that southern Somalia could become a jihadi operational deployment facility. It already is."" (Posted February 19, 2010)
JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): "'We will attack them once we unite the Somali Holy fighters, then we will unite them with our brothers in Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya to help them in their war against the infidels'" (February 13, 2010)

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http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MTEzOWE5NWUwZTE2MWMyY2RkOWQ2MmE2N2ExZmFhYjY

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

“Sneaking Somalis Across the Mexican Border”
[Mark Krikorian]

SNIPPET: “Smuggled in by a guy with connections to al-Shabaab. From the Examiner:

Authorities are searching for 270 Somalis believed to have entered the U.S. illegally with the help of a Virginia man who admitted contacts with an Islamic terrorist group.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent said his agency had yet to locate any of the suspected illegal immigrants.”

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Feds-can_t-find-270-Somalis-they-say-Va_-man-illegally-helped-come-to-U_S_-84799152.html

“Va. man accused of helping smuggle Somalis into U.S.”
By: FREEMAN KLOPOTT
Examiner Staff Writer
February 23, 2010

SNIPPET: “Authorities are searching for 270 Somalis believed to have entered the U.S. illegally with the help of a Virginia man who admitted contacts with an Islamic terrorist group.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent said his agency had yet to locate any of the suspected illegal immigrants.

According to an affidavit filed in Alexandria’s federal court, Anthony Joseph Tracy told authorities that he came in contact with the Somali terrorist organization Al-Shabaab, which announced an alliance with al Qaeda earlier this year.

ICE Agent Thomas Eyre testified during a hearing that authorities are “concerned” about the 35-year-old’s dealings with the group.

In an e-mail, Tracy reportedly wrote, “i helped alot of somalis and most are good but there are some who are bad and i leave them to ALLAH,” the affidavit said.”

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ICE.gov
http://www.ice.gov

“Report suspicious activity
1-866-DHS-2-ICE”


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A bit off topic, but fyi.

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Alan Johnson bans Somali ‘terrorist’ group Al-Shabaab
BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 12:57 GMT, Monday, 1 March 2010 | n/a
Posted on March 1, 2010 8:34:40 PM PST by Cindy

SNIPPET: “The home secretary is to designate the Somalia-based group Al-Shabaab as a terrorist organisation and ban its operation in the UK.

The Home Office says the group is committed to violence, deploys terror tactics and has been implicated in attacks on Somali citizens.”

SNIPPET: “In a statement released in February, the group said that the “jihad of Horn of Africa must be combined with the international jihad led by the al-Qaeda network”.

Recently, Mr Johnson has also banned Islam4UK, the group run by al-Muhajiroun founder Anjem Choudary, and which had threatened to march through Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.”

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


127 posted on 03/01/2010 8:43:15 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3861602,00.html
(AP)

“Yemen holds US man after al-Qaeda sweep, shootout”
Published: 03.11.10, 22:50 / Israel News

SNIPPET: “Yemen counterterrorism authorities captured a US citizen of Somali origin after he shot his way out of a hospital in the Middle Eastern country, where he was being held after a sweep of al-Qaeda members, authorities said Thursday.

Authorities in Yemen are holding Sharif Mobley, 26...”


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Propaganda (in English) ON THE INTERNET:

www.revolutionmuslim.com/index.php?option=com_yvcomment&view=comment&ArticleID=3658&url=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5yZXZvbHV0aW9ubXVzbGltLmNvbS8jeXZDb21tZW50MzY1OA==#yvComment3658

www.revolutionmuslim.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3658:the-mujahideen-are-only-a-mile-from-the-presidential-villa&catid=20:abu-talha&Itemid=41

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjqCYMkodgA

www.youtube.com/user/QolkaDacwatuTawxiid


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Hat Tip:

blog:

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/201602.php

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http://terrorfreesomalia.blogspot.com/2010/03/man-reported-killed-in-somalia.html

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/terror-group-claims-canadian-recruit-killed/article1503873/

“Terror group claims Canadian recruit killed”

SNIPPET: “Toronto man Mohammed Elmi Ibrahim one of six Canadians of Somali origin believed to have joined militant Islamist faction in recent months”

Joe Friesen
From Thursday’s Globe and Mail
Published on Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010 7:47PM EDT
Last updated on Thursday, Mar. 18, 2010 1:21AM EDT

SNIPPET: “Al-Shabab, a militant Islamist faction tied to al-Qaeda, released a video of a man described as Mohamed al-Muhajiri, which means one who travels with purpose, saying he has “succeeded” and that he was “calm rushing toward death.”

SNIPPET: “Al-Shabab, which controls much of southern Somalia, was recently placed on the list of banned terror groups by the Canadian government.”

SNIPPET: “His death could not be officially confirmed.”

SNIPPET: “The announcement of his death was posted on YouTube in a message that brought “glad tidings to the youth in Canada.” It advised them not to be saddened but to “march forth in the ranks of the honest mujahideen in Somalia.” It made no mention of when or how he died.”


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ADDING to post no. 130:

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2722333

“Toronto man with al-Qaeda ties ran extremist blog”
Stewart Bell, National Post
Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More On This Story

SNIPPET: “TORONTO — A Toronto man whose reported death in Somalia has sparked fears that the militant Al-Shabab is recruiting Canadians was the author of a blog that posted the extremist propaganda of radical cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki.

The blog, called The Gardens of Paradise, features letters by two of the Toronto 18 terror suspects, an al-Qaeda propaganda video that calls fighting “obligatory” for Muslims and several of Al-Awlaki’s video and audio statements.

The author of the blog is identified only by his online name, “Shadows15,” but a posting on an extremist Internet forum indicates it was the blog of Mohamed Elmi Ibrahim and an official source confirmed that was correct.”


131 posted on 03/25/2010 4:55:54 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Kenya frees American suspected of terrorism links”
(AP) via Google.com ^ | March 26, 2 hours ago | n/a
Posted on March 26, 2010 1:17:15 PM PDT by Cindy

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2480633/posts?page=5#5

Blog Entry:

http://terrorfreesomalia.blogspot.com/2010/03/kenya-police-arrest-somali-american.html

“police arrest somali American Jehadist Suleman Essa. on terror list attempting to board plane to Somalia”

NAIROBI, Kenya -

SNIPPET: “Another Kenyan police official identified the American as Suleman Essa. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the press. The official says Essa, Canadian Ahmed Ali Hassan and Kenyan Muhammed Hussein Hash were about to board a plane.”


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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2487850/posts

Somalis with terrorist links feared headed to U.S. border
WASHINGTON EXAMINER.com ^ | April 6, 2010 | Sara A. Carter
Posted on April 6, 2010 3:29:06 PM PDT by Cindy

SNIPPET: “Somalis with ties to a terrorist organization are believed to be plotting to illegally enter the United States after being mistakenly released from custody in Mexico, a confidential federal law enforcement report said.”

SNIPPET: “Included in the group is Mohamed Osman Noor, 35, of Somalia, who U.S. officials suspect has strong ties to Al-Shabaab Mujahideen, an Islamist insurgency group in the ongoing war in Somalia with ties to al Qaeda.

The report was written by an intelligence official with the Laredo Sector Border Intelligence Center, a joint federal task force under the Department of Homeland Security that operates on the border.”

SNIPPET: “”All were in Mexican Immigration custody due to illegal entry into Mexico and were released on January 21, 2010,” it said. “All agents are reminded to maintain a heightened level of awareness and emphasize officer safety tactics when encountering individuals at all times. All agents are highly encouraged to wear ballistic armor, utilize long arms and work in groups when responding to illicit activity along the immediate border.”

According to the report, “Five of the subjects are possibly heading towards the Reynosa, Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas areas. ... The Laredo Sector should be cognizant of the high possibility that Noor and the other subjects may attempt to enter illegally into the United States through the Laredo Sector area of responsibility.””

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/world/Somalis-with-terrorist-links-feared-headed-to-U_S_-border-89954247.html#ixzz0kMU2GVyW

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2457925/posts?page=6#6

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http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MTEzOWE5NWUwZTE2MWMyY2RkOWQ2MmE2N2ExZmFhYjY

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

“Sneaking Somalis Across the Mexican Border”
[Mark Krikorian]

SNIPPET: “Smuggled in by a guy with connections to al-Shabaab. From the Examiner:

Authorities are searching for 270 Somalis believed to have entered the U.S. illegally with the help of a Virginia man who admitted contacts with an Islamic terrorist group.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent said his agency had yet to locate any of the suspected illegal immigrants.”

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Feds-can_t-find-270-Somalis-they-say-Va_-man-illegally-helped-come-to-U_S_-84799152.html

“Va. man accused of helping smuggle Somalis into U.S.”
By: FREEMAN KLOPOTT
Examiner Staff Writer
February 23, 2010

SNIPPET: “Authorities are searching for 270 Somalis believed to have entered the U.S. illegally with the help of a Virginia man who admitted contacts with an Islamic terrorist group.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent said his agency had yet to locate any of the suspected illegal immigrants.

According to an affidavit filed in Alexandria’s federal court, Anthony Joseph Tracy told authorities that he came in contact with the Somali terrorist organization Al-Shabaab, which announced an alliance with al Qaeda earlier this year.

ICE Agent Thomas Eyre testified during a hearing that authorities are “concerned” about the 35-year-old’s dealings with the group.

In an e-mail, Tracy reportedly wrote, “i helped alot of somalis and most are good but there are some who are bad and i leave them to ALLAH,” the affidavit said.”

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http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/02/23/va-man-accused-of-illegally-aiding-somalis

“VA Man Accused Of Illegally Aiding Somalis”
February 23, 2010 - 7:17 PM | by: Mike Levine

SNIPPET: “Anthony Joseph Tracy, 35, was arrested earlier this month, after admitting to U.S. authorities that he helped about 272 citizens of war-torn Somalia come to the United States illegally, according to documents filed in federal court.

Tracy allegedly set up a business in Kenya, Noor Services Limited, that procured fraudulent Cuban travel visas for Somalis, who would then travel from Kenya to Cuba and, ultimately, to the United States, according to court documents.

He allegedly traveled to Kenya in April 2009 to establish the business, and in the months afterward obtained fraudulent visas for as many as ten Somalis each week, court documents say. He allegedly charged between $100 and $1,000 for the fake documents.”


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FYI Only:


TREAS.gov - UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY: "RECENT OFAC ACTIONS" (Apirl 13, 2010)

OSINT.INTERNET HAGANAH.com: "SOMALI OFAC LISTINGS" (April 13, 2010)

134 posted on 04/13/2010 4:16:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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A case of COMING TO AMERICA:

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2516275/posts

Homeland Security Alert: Terror suspect may be headed to Texas through Mexico
KVUE.com ^ | May 18, 2010, 7:40 am | by Shern-Min Chow/11 News
Posted on May 18, 2010 4:34:31 PM PDT by Cindy

SNIPPET: “HOUSTON — A Homeland Security Alert is asking Houston police and Harris County Sheriff’s deputies to keep their eyes open for a potential terrorist.

The alert focuses on Mohamed Ali, a suspected member of the terrorist group Al Shabaab. It indicates he may be traveling to the U.S. through Mexico.”

SNIPPET: “In 2007, former Houstonian Daniel Joseph Maldonado was brought back to Houston by the U.S Attorney in the Southern District after he was captured in Somalia reportedly training with terrorist groups.

“He had initially been on the frontlines of Al Shabaab, but when they realized he was an American, they pulled him back because they had plans for him to come back to the U.S. and recruit female suicide bombers,” said Neuhaus Schaan.”

SNIPPET: “U.S. Homeland Security officials confirmed the Muhamed Ali alert, but declined to comment on it.”

SNIPPET: “If authorities are right, Mohamed Ali is hardly alone and a terror network is following well-worn human smuggling routes into the Lone Star State.

“There would be a reasonable chance to have him [Mohamed Ali] coming through Houston,” Neuhaus Schaan said. “They [Al Shabaab] have been pretty busy in Texas.”

(Excerpt) Read more at kvue.com ...


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http://www.kvue.com/news/Homeland-Security-Alert-Terror-suspect-may-be-headed-to-Texas-through-Mexico-94093684.html

SNIPPET from the link in post no. 135:

“The route from Somalia to Texas is shorter than Americans would like to think. It goes through Mexico. Two weeks ago, a federal indictment was filed in San Antonio against a Somali citizen. It alleges Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane led a “large-scale smuggling enterprise,” moving east Africans into the U.S., including members of a terrorist group called AIAI.”


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AL QAEDA SUPPORTER PLEADS GUILTY... [”Khalid Ouazzani, 32, of Kansas City”]
KansasCity.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | n/a
Posted on May 19, 2010 5:12:05 PM PDT by Cindy

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Al Qaeda Supporter Pleads Guilty to Supporting Terrorist Organization Kansas City Man Also Admits to Bank Fraud, Overseas Money Laundering

KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist organization al Qaeda. He also pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering.

“National security is the highest priority of the Department of Justice,” Phillips said. “I applaud the diligent work of our law enforcement partners from local, state and federal agencies that serve on the Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force. These agencies have made significant investments of manpower and resources to the task force, and I appreciate their commitment to defeating terrorism. Much of their work is done behind the scenes, investigating and gathering information, but they play a crucial role in preventing terrorist activities.”

Khalid Ouazzani, 32, of Kansas City, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to a federal information that charges him with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Ouazzani also pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment that was returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Feb. 3, 2010.

Ouazzani, a native of Morocco and a naturalized citizen of the United States, swore an oath of allegiance to al Qaeda in June 2008. Ouazzani admitted that, from August 2007 to February 2010, he participated in a conspiracy to provide material support or resources to al Qaeda.

Ouazzani also admitted that he personally provided more than $23,000 to al Qaeda and performed other tasks at the request of and for the benefit of al Qaeda. Ouazzani had conversations with others about various ways to support al Qaeda, including plans for them to fight in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Somalia.

“Citizens here in the heartland should be alert to suspicious activity and never hesitate to report their concerns to law enforcement. This case serves as a reminder that terrorist-related activities can occur anywhere,” said Special Agent in Charge Brian A. Truchon of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Kansas City field office.

Ouazzani agreed to contribute $6,500 to al Qaeda in August 2007. A co-conspirator, who is not identified in court documents, made that payment on Ouazzani’s behalf. Ouazzani repaid the co-conspirator in November 2007 through a wire transfer to the co-conspirator’s bank account in the United Arab Emirates. Those funds came from Ouazzani’s sale of his business, Hafssa LLC, doing business as Truman Used Auto Parts, a retail operation that bought and sold used auto parts and used motor vehicles.

In June or July 2008, Ouazzani also agreed to pay al Qaeda $17,000, which represented his profit from the sale of an apartment in the United Arab Emirates that was owned by Ouazzani and a co-conspirator (who is not identified in court documents).

Bank Fraud Scheme

Ouazzani obtained a $175,000 line of credit commercial loan from Union Bank in April 2007 for Hafssa LLC (Truman Used Auto Parts). Under the terms of the loan, the funds were to be used as working capital for his business. Ouazzani admitted that he submitted false financial information about himself and the company to obtain the loan, and used substantial amounts of the loan proceeds for various personal purposes.

Ouazzani made only approximately $13,000 in payments on this loan. In September 2008 Union Bank wrote off the loan (then in the amount of $174,028) as uncollectible. On Feb. 11, 2009, Union Bank obtained a civil default judgment against Ouazzani and Hafssa LLC in the amount of $177,001.

Money Laundering

Ouazzani admitted that he used part of the proceeds of the Union Bank loan to purchase an apartment in the United Arab Emirates with a co-conspirator.

On May 23, 2007, Ouazzani caused a wire transfer of $112,830 to be sent to a bank account in the United Arab Emirates. The funds for this wire transfer included funds obtained from the $175,000 Union Bank loan and involved a series of transactions designed to make it more difficult to trace the funds.

Ouazzani used the wire-transferred funds to purchase an apartment in the United Arab Emirates, which he later sold for a profit of approximately $17,000. Ouazzani requested a co-conspirator to pay this $17,000 to al Qaeda.

“The criminal justice system is a valuable tool for disrupting terrorist plots and bringing terrorists to justice,” Phillips said. “We must use every means—criminal prosecutions as well as intelligence and military operations—to protect the American people. Federal prosecutions not only result in long prison sentences, but yield valuable intelligence that can be used in the fight against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.”

Under federal statutes, Ouazzani is subject to a sentence of up to 65 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $1 million and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Daniel Stewart, David M. Ketchmark and Brian P. Casey and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Menzel of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, with assistance from attorneys at the Justice Department’s National Security Division, including the Counterterrorism Section. It was investigated by the Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Missouri Department of Social Services - Division of Legal Services Investigation Section.

Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force Federal Bureau of Investigation Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Defense Criminal Investigative Service Federal Air Marshals Service IRS-Criminal Investigation Kansas City, Kan., Police Department Kansas City, Mo., Police Department Kansas Highway Patrol Missouri State Highway Patrol Overland Park, Kan., Police Department U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement U.S. Marshals Service U.S. Postal Inspection Service U.S. Secret Service


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"Ouazzani also admitted that he personally provided more than $23,000 to al Qaeda and performed other tasks at the request of and for the benefit of al Qaeda. Ouazzani had conversations with others about various ways to support al Qaeda, including plans for them to fight in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Somalia."

138 posted on 05/19/2010 5:44:39 PM PDT by Cindy
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LAW ENFORCEMENT FEARS SHABAAB INFILTRATION
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News ^ | June 4, 2010 | n/a
Posted on June 5, 2010 1:07:16 AM PDT by Cindy

Note: Video included at link.

SNIPPET: “Now, law enforcement officials appear increasingly concerned Al-Shabaab members are trying to come back to America. But these members aren’t disenchanted young men like Hassan, seeking to escape the terrorists’ hold. Rather, the concern is that they are returning either to recruit more members or perhaps to plot attacks here.”

SNIPPET: “Al-Shabaab represents a “threat to the whole nation, all of the world,” Ahmed told the IPT. “Everywhere they could recruit somebody they will try – Europe, North America, Australia, Africa…And they want to disrupt world peace.”

Ahmed warned that Al-Shabaab’s main focus in recruiting Somali-American youths is not getting more soldiers to fight in Somalia’s civil war. Many of them do not speak Somali and know virtually nothing about Somalia, he said. Somali Americans have U.S. passports, though, making it possible for them to travel back and forth to the United States. He believes that some day, these kids will return to America in order to “harm us.””

(Excerpt) Read more at investigativeproject.org ...


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http://www.nationalpost.com/CSIS+tracking+Somali+list/3109971/story.html

“CSIS was tracking me: Somali on no-fly list”

Graeme Hamilton And Stewart Bell, National Post · Thursday, Jun. 3, 2010

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. and TORONTO -

SNIPPET: “In an exclusive interview inside the Plattsburgh, N.Y., jail where he is being held, Abdirahman Ali Gaal said he realized he was in trouble two weeks ago when FBI agents at an airport in Mauritania informed him he was banned from flying back to the United States, where he was a legal resident.

They asked him about a number of suspected extremists, including a Canadian allegedly involved in the al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabab.”

SNIPPET: “He said CSIS officers had questioned his wife in Calgary about his whereabouts and activities several times over the past three months, while he was in Seattle and in Mauritania.”

SNIPPET: “When he tried to board a plane last month in Mauritania, where he had been studying Arabic, FBI agents asked him about a several men, including Somali-Canadian Mohamed Elmi Ibrahim.

Mr. Ibrahim, nicknamed Canlish, is a 22-year-old University of Toronto...”

SNIPPET: “Mr. Gaal said he did not know the men and had only attended the Toronto mosque where they sometimes prayed, the Abu Huraira Center, once.

A seventh Toronto man is being investigated for allegedly training with Al-Shabab. He has since returned to Canada and has declined, through his father, to speak to a Post reporter. Former Toronto resident, Omar Hammami, is now a senior commander of Al-Shabab.”

SNIPPET: “Mr. Gaal said he talks frequently about the war in his homeland in Internet chat groups...”

SNIPPET: “He said he had no trouble boarding a flight from New York’s JFK airport on March 5, and flew without incident to Mauritania, via Morocco. He said the purpose of his trip was to study Arabic grammar, so he could improve his reading of the Koran. He had planned to return on May 20 but was met at the airport by “two gentlemen from the FBI. They said they had bad news.”

He then planned to return to the United States by flying to Mexico City and on to the border city of Tijuana, but mid-flight the Aeromexico pilot announced they were diverting to Montreal to refuel.”

SNIPPET: “Mr. Gaal was born in Mogadishu in 1976 and lived for 10 years in Seattle. In addition to his Canadian family, he has two children in Seattle from a previous marriage.”


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http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/two_nj_men_arrested_for_terror.html

New Jersey Real-Time News
Breaking Local News from New Jersey
Bergen County, Court news, Crime/Courts, Hudson County, New York City »

SNIPPET: “Two N.J. men arrested at JFK airport before boarding plane to join Islamist terrorist group, authorities say”
By Josh Margolin/Statehouse Bureau
June 06, 2010, 12:55AM

NEWARK —

SNIPPET: “Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, of Elmwood Park were apprehended at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens before they could board separate flights to Egypt, where they were to start journeys to Somalia. The men were arrested by teams of state and federal law-enforcement agents who have been investigating the pair since October 2006, according to the officials, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the operation publicly.”

SNIPPET: “Neither Alessa nor Almonte is married. Both are American citizens, said the anonymous officials.”

SNIPPET: “... circle of friends and keep tabs as they consumed jihadist videos and literature, bought airline tickets and prepared to travel overseas.
Officials said the suspects were not planning an imminent attack in the New Jersey-New York area but were believed to be joining with the terrorist fight against Americans in Somalia.

Authorities said the men planned to wage jihad as part of a Somalia-based Islamist terror group called al Shabaab...”


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http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Police+probe+terror+link+Canadians/3224716/story.html

“From teens to terrorists: How Al-Shabab recruits Western ‘martyrs’”

Stewart Bell, National Post · Thursday, Jul. 1, 2010

SNIPPET: “A top-secret government report obtained by the National Post says Al-Shabab, which emerged from the heavily armed chaos of Somalia in 2006, is using a variety of methods to entice Canadian youths to its camps. “Islamist extremists are radicalizing and recruiting Somali-Canadian youths within Canada to travel to Somalia for jihad training,” says the Integrated Threat Assessment Centre report, titled “Al-Shabab’s Recruitment of Youths from Canada.”

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service said five Somali-Canadians who left Toronto between September and November 2009 “could receive weapons and related training” in Somalia and “potentially engage in Al-Shabab-related violent activities,” spokeswoman Isabelle Scott said.

A sixth such Somali-Canadian is presumed dead.

Police in the United States and Europe are conducting similar investigations.”


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Post no. 142 - Canada ping:

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www.revolutionmuslim.com/2010/07/from-minneapolis-to-mogadishu.html

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“The Rageh Omaar Report - From Minneapolis to Mogadishu”

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AlJazeeraEnglish | July 15, 2010

At least 20 young American men of Somali background left their homes in Minneapolis to return to Somalia and fight alongside a militant group called al-Shabab.

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July 16, 2010

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http://minneapolis.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/mp071610.htm

Chanhassen Man Sentenced for Obstructing Investigation of Missing Somali Men

A 26-year-old Chanhassen man was sentenced earlier today in federal court in Minneapolis for obstructing a FBI and grand jury investigation into the recruitment of young men in the United States to train and fight for extremist groups in Somalia. United States District Court Judge James M. Rosenbaum sentenced Abdow Munye Abdow to an eight-month split sentence (four months of confinement; four months of house arrest) in connection to his crime. Abdow was indicted on October 13, 2009, and pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal information on May 4, 2010.

“Today’s sentencing constitutes another positive step in our continuing efforts to bring the broader matter to full resolution,” said Ralph S. Boelter, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI. “The American public should know that the FBI remains steadfast in it’s commitment to identify and mitigate threats to our national security that emanate here or elsewhere.”

In his plea agreement, Abdow admitted that on October 8, 2009, he obstructed a FBI and grand jury investigation by making false statements to FBI agents, who had interviewed him. Specifically, Abdow told the agents that although other men accompanied him in a rental car from Minnesota to California in early October, he did not know their names, nor did he know who paid for the rental car. In truth, four men traveled with Abdow in October from Minnesota to San Diego, California, where three of the men were dropped off. Abdow knew the names or nicknames of all of the men as well as the name of the person who paid for the rental vehicle. In fact, the car was rented with a debit card provided by Abdow himself.

This case arose from a FBI and grand jury investigation into whether individuals in the U.S. are providing material support to al-Shabaab, a group designated by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization. As part of the investigation, the FBI learned that on October 6, United States Department of Justice 2009, a highway patrol officer conducted a traffic stop involving Abdow about 10 miles north of Las Vegas. The trooper later reported to the FBI that Abdow had four men with him in the car. The trooper also said the men claimed to be on their way to San Diego to attend a friend’s wedding. However, they provided inconsistent explanations as to how they knew one another, and they seemed confused as to the identity of the person getting married as well as the location of their lodging in San Diego. As a result, the trooper asked for and obtained permission to search the vehicle. He found a passport and $4,000 in cash. He also was able to identify two of the men with Abdow.

On October 8, those two men were further identified by a U.S. Customs Border Patrol officer as two of three people dropped off by a taxi at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro, just south of San Diego. The men had airline tickets and told the officer they were flying from Tijuana to Mexico City.

On that same day, back in Minnesota, Abdow was interviewed at his place of work by FBI agents. Prior to the interview, the agents reportedly informed Abdow that they were conducting an investigation into the disappearance of local Somali men. Abdow was not placed under arrest at that time.

During the interview, Abdow initially told the agents he had traveled out west with only one friend. After the agents repeatedly asked him if he was telling the truth, Abdow conceded that others may have been in the car, but he did not know how many or their names. He also said he had no idea who paid for the rental vehicle. Later, in his plea agreement, Abdow admitted that he lied during that interview.

The investigation into the recruitment of young men to train with and fight for the terrorist group al-Shabaab is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The investigation into this specific case was assisted by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol.

This case was prosecuted by W. Anders Folk, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Minnesota, and William M. Narus, from the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section.


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Note: This subject is not a Somalian, but he is an American who was apparently going to Somalia to join up with Al Shabaab.

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Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists
Washington.FBI.gov -DOJ Press Release ^ | July 21, 2010 | n/a
Posted on July 21, 2010 3:42:49 PM PDT by Cindy

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Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Fairfax County, Va., was arrested today on charges that he provided material support to al Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Chesser was arrested and the charging documents were made public.

“This case exposes the disturbing reality that extreme radicalization can happen anywhere, including Northern Virginia,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “This young man is accused of seeking to join al Shabaab, a brutal terrorist organization with ties to al Qaeda. These allegations underscore the need for continued vigilance against homegrown terror threats.”

“We can’t fight terrorists alone,” said FBI ADIC Henry. “Religious leaders of all faiths, family members and particularly the younger members of our communities need to speak up and speak out against individuals who participate in actions like those alleged here.”

On Feb. 29, 2008, the U.S. Department of State designated al Shabaab as a foreign terrorist organization, describing it as a violent and brutal extremist group based in Somalia with a number of individuals affiliated with al Qaeda. This designation prohibits providing material support or resources to al Shabaab.

According to an affidavit filed in court, Chesser, aka Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, volunteered to federal agents that he attempted on two occasions to travel to Somalia to join al Shabaab as a foreign fighter. After he was prevented from boarding a flight from New York to Uganda on July 10, 2010, Chesser allegedly admitted to agents that he intended to travel from Uganda to Somalia. Chesser had attempted to board the plane with his infant son, and court records allege that he brought his son with him as part of his “cover” to avoid detection of his intention to join al Shabaab in Somalia.

The court affidavit indicates that in a series of interviews with federal law enforcement, Chesser allegedly discussed in detail how he has maintained several online profiles dedicated to extremist jihad propaganda. These profiles were allegedly used by Chesser to post pro-jihad messages and videos online. These postings allegedly included an article detailing the prerequisites involved in leaving for jihad, which closely follows the steps Chesser took before his July 10 attempt to leave the United States in order to go fight in Somalia.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney John T. Gibbs of the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Department’s National Security Division are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Criminal complaints are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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Note: Suspect apparently was born in Alabama and lives in Chicago. It's unknown if he's Somali, but he was apparently heading over to Somalia.


INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog: "YET ANOTHER AMERICAN ARRESTED FOR PLANNING JIHAD" (August 4, 2010, 4:47 pm)

Chicago.FBI.gov - Press Release: "CHICAGO MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION" (SNIPPET: "A 26-year-old Chicago man, who authorities believed was planning to travel to Somalia and engage in jihadist fighting with a terrorist group, was arrested last night just hours before he was scheduled to leave Chicago..." SNIPPET: "SHAKER MASRI, who lived in the Streeterville area of Chicago, was arrested late yesterday in Countryside, Illinois, without incident..." SNIPPET: "In the past month, it is alleged that MASRI began to actively plan a trip to Somalia where he hoped to join the specially designated terrorist group al Shabaab and commit a suicide attack targeting "infidels." He was arrested last night just hours before he was planning to depart Chicago en route to Somalia...") (August 4, 2010)

Complaint - Link (pdf)

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Fourteen Charged with Providing Material Support to Somalia-Based Terrorist Organization al Shabaab
Two Arrested in Minnesota in Connection with the Charges

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department announced that four separate indictments were unsealed today in the District of Minnesota, the Southern District of Alabama, and the Southern District of California charging 14 individuals with terrorism violations for providing money, personnel, and services to the foreign terrorist organization al Shabaab.

In the Southern District of Alabama, prosecutors unsealed a superseding indictment charging Omar Shafik Hammami, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Alabama, with providing material support to al Shabaab. Separately, prosecutors in the Southern District of California unsealed an indictment charging Jehad Serwan Mostafa, a U.S. citizen and former resident of California, with providing material support to al Shabaab. In the District of Minnesota, prosecutors unsealed two indictments. One indictment charges Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan with providing funds to al Shabaab. These two defendants, who are naturalized U.S. citizens and residents of Minnesota, were arrested today. Separately, prosecutors unsealed a third superseding indictment charging 10 men with terrorism offenses for leaving the United States to join al Shabaab. Seven of these defendants had been previously charged by either indictment or criminal complaint. The remaining three defendants had not been charged before.

The arrests and charges were announced by Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, as well as David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; B. Todd Jones, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota; Kenyen R. Brown, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama; and Laura E. Duffy, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

“The indictments unsealed today shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to the al Shabaab terror organization from cities across the United States,” said Attorney General Holder. “While our investigations are ongoing around the country, these arrests and charges should serve as an unmistakable warning to others considering joining terrorist groups like al Shabaab—if you choose this route you can expect to find yourself in a U.S. jail cell or a casualty on the battlefield in Somalia.”

“For those who would become terrorists, these cases send a strong message,” said FBI Director Mueller. “They underscore the need for continued vigilance against those who may seek to harm us and our way of life. Our agents and analysts will continue to confront this threat with a strong and coordinated effort as we work to protect all Americans.”

Omar Hammami – Southern District of Alabama

Today in the Southern District of Alabama, prosecutors unsealed a September 2009 superseding indictment against Omar Hammami, 26, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Daphne, Alabama, also known as “Abu Mansour al-Amriki,” or “Farouk.”

The three-count indictment alleges that Hammami provided material support, including himself as personnel, to terrorists; conspired to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, al Shabaab, and provided material support to al Shabaab. Hammami faces a potential 15 years in prison for each of the three counts of the indictment. He is not in custody and is currently believed to be in Somalia.

Jehad Mostafa – Southern District of California

In the Southern District of California, prosecutors today unsealed an October 2009 indictment against Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 28, aka “Ahmed,” “Emir Anwar,” “Awar,” a U.S. citizen and former resident of San Diego, California.

The indictment alleges that Mostafa conspired to provide material support, including himself as personnel, to terrorists; conspired to provide material support to al Shabaab; and provided material support to al Shabaab. Mostafa faces a potential 15 years in prison for each of the three counts of the indictment. He is not in custody and is currently believed to be in Somalia.

Amina Ali and Hawo Hassan – District of Minnesota

Earlier today, FBI agents arrested Amina Farah Ali, 33, and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 63, both naturalized U.S. citizens from Somalia and residents of Rochester, Minn. Each is charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al Shabaab from Sept. 17, 2008 through July 19, 2010. Ali is also charged in the indictment with 12 substantive counts of providing material support to al Shabaab. Hassan is also charged with three counts of making false statements.

The indictment alleges that, as part of the conspiracy, Ali communicated by telephone with people in Somalia who requested financial assistance for al Shabaab. Ali, Hassan, and others allegedly raised money for these individuals by soliciting funds door-to-door in Somali communities in Minneapolis, Rochester, and other locations in the United States and Canada. In addition, the defendants allegedly raised money by direct appeal to individuals participating in teleconferences that featured speakers who encouraged donations to support al Shabaab. Ali also allegedly raised funds under the false pretense that such funds were for the poor and needy.

The indictment alleges that Ali and others transferred funds to al Shabaab through the hawala money remittance system. Ali and others allegedly used false names to identify the recipients of the funds to conceal that the funds were being provided to al Shabaab. The indictment lists 12 money transfers allegedly directed to al Shabaab by Ali.

The indictment alleges several overt acts to carry out the fund-raising conspiracy. For example, on Oct. 26, 2008, Ali allegedly hosted a teleconference in which an unindicted co-conspirator told listeners that it was not the time to help the poor and needy in Somalia; rather the priority was to give to the mujahidin. Ali and Hassan allegedly recorded $2,100 in pledges at the conclusion of the teleconference. On Feb. 10, 2009, Ali allegedly conducted another fundraising teleconference in which she told listeners to “forget about the other charities” and focus on “the jihad.”

On July 14, 2009, the day after the FBI executed a search warrant at her home, Ali allegedly contacted an unindicted co-conspirator and said, “I was questioned by the enemy here...they took all my stuff and are investigating it...do not accept calls from anyone.” The indictment further alleges that when Hassan was questioned by agents in an investigation involving international terrorism, she made false statements.

The defendants are expected to make their initial appearances later today in federal court in Minneapolis. If convicted, they face a potential 15 years in prison on the conspiracy count. Ali also faces a potential 15 years in prison on each material support count, and Hassan also faces a potential eight years in prison on each false statement count.

Third Superseding Indictment – District of Minnesota

In addition to the two arrests, prosecutors in the District of Minnesota also unsealed a July 2010 third superseding indictment that charges Abdikadir Ali Abdi, 19, a U.S. citizen; Abdisalan Hussein Ali, 21, a U.S. citizen; Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax, 33, a U.S. citizen; Farah Mohamed Beledi, 26; and Abdiweli Yassin Isse, 26. These defendants are charged with, among other things, conspiring to and providing material support to al Shabaab and conspiring to kill, maim, and injure persons abroad. Faarax and Isse had been charged in a criminal complaint previously.

Five other defendants who had been previously charged by indictment are named in the third superseding indictment. They are Ahmed Ali Omar, 27; Khalid Mohamud Abshir, 27; Zakaria Maruf, 31; Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, 22; and Mustafa Ali Salat, 20. These defendants are charged with conspiracies to provide material support to terrorists and foreign terrorist organizations; conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad; possessing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence; and solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

The unsealed indictment alleges that the 10 defendants provided financial support and personnel, including themselves as fighters, both to a conspiracy to kill abroad and to the foreign terrorist organization al Shabaab. Specifically, the indictment alleges that the five newly-added defendants traveled to Somalia in 2008 and 2009. In addition, the charges allege that Faarax solicited Salah Osman Ahmed, Shirwa Ahmed (now deceased), and Kamal Said Hassan to provide support to al Shabaab, and that Faraax made false statements to the FBI in a matter involving international terrorism. The indictment also alleges that, in October 2009, Beledi committed passport fraud.

An affidavit previously filed in the case alleges that, in the fall of 2007, Faarax and others met at a Minneapolis mosque to telephone co-conspirators in Somalia to discuss the need for Minnesota-based co-conspirators to go to Somalia to fight. The affidavit also alleges that Faarax attended a subsequent meeting in Minneapolis where he encouraged others to fight in Somalia and told them how he had experienced true brotherhood while fighting jihad in Somalia. Faarax was later interviewed three times by authorities and each time denied knowing anyone who had fought in Somalia or encouraging anyone to fight in Somalia.

The affidavit also alleges that Abdiweli Yassin Isse encouraged others to travel to Somalia to fight. At a gathering of co-conspirators, Isse purportedly described his plans to wage “jihad” against Ethiopians in Somalia, and later raised money to purchase airline tickets for others to travel to Somalia for the same purpose. In raising this money, he allegedly misled community members into thinking they were contributing money to send young men to Saudi Arabia to study the Koran. The 10 defendants charged in the third superseding indictment are not in custody and are believed to be overseas.

The charges against all the defendants in Minnesota stem from an ongoing, two-year investigation into the recruitment of persons from the United States to train with or fight for al Shabaab. To date, a total of 19 persons have been charged in the District of Minnesota in indictments or criminal complaints that have been unsealed. Nine of these Minnesota defendants have been arrested in the United States or overseas, five of whom pleaded guilty. The remaining defendants are at large and believed to be abroad.

The case in the Southern District of Alabama is being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Mobile, Ala., and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama, and Trial Attorney Sharon Lever of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The case in the Southern District of California is being investigated by the FBI’s San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys William P. Cole and Shane P. Harrigan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and Trial Attorney Sharon Lever of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division

The cases in the District of Minnesota are being investigated by the FBI’s Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force, with the assistance of the Dutch KLPD; the Dutch Ministry of Justice; the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs; the State Department, including U.S. Embassies in the United Arab Emirates and Yemen; the Hague in the Netherlands; and the Department of Defense. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys W. Anders Folk and Jeffrey S. Paulsen, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, and Trial Attorneys William M. Narus and Steven Ward of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains mere allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.

- View wanted poster of indicted individuals

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PHOTOS HERE.

WANTED POSTER:

Quote:

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/alert/Al-Shabaab.htm

WANTED BY THE FBI

These individuals are wanted for providing material support to the Somalia-based terrorist organization Al-Shabaab.

Alabama

Omar Hammami

California

Jehad Serwan Mostafa
Minnesota

Abdikadir Ali Abdi
Abdisalan Hussein Ali
Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax
Farah Mohamed Beledi

Abdiweli Yassin Isse
Ahmed Ali Omar
Khalid Mohamud Abshir
Zakaria Maruf

Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan
Mustafa Ali Salat

SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS CASE, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FBI OFFICE OR THE NEAREST AMERICAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE.


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