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Posted on 08/05/2010 3:06:36 PM PDT by Cindy

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FIGHTING TERROR 14 Indicted for Supporting al Shabaab 08/05/10

Two Americans are under arrest and 12 other U.S. citizens have been charged with acts of terrorism that include providing money, personnel, and other material support to the Somali-based terrorist organization al Shabaab.

Results of an FBI-led global investigation were announced today at Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, where indictments were unsealed charging individuals in Minnesota, Alabama, and California. Twelve of the 14 under indictment are fugitives believed to be in Somalia.

About al Shabaab

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.

Recent al Shabaab Cases

Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists (7/21/10) FBI and Uganda Police Seek Assistance Identifying 7/11 Bombers (7/19/10) Minnesota Man Sentenced for Obstructing Investigation of Missing Somali Men (7/16/10) Two N.J. Men Charged with Conspiring to Kill Persons Outside U.S. (6/06/10) Terror Charges Unsealed in Minnesota Against Eight Defendants (11/23/09) “These indictments and arrests,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, “shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to al Shabaab from cities across the United States.”

The government designated al Shabaab a terrorist organization in 2008. The group has ties to al Qaeda and has made numerous public statements threatening to harm the United States.

“Terrorist organizations such as al Shabaab continue to radicalize and recruit U.S. citizens and others to train and fight with them and to provide support for their violent activities,” said Sean Joyce, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch. “Today’s charges and arrests give us all greater insight into the evolving nature of the terrorist threat we face.”

The two arrested today—women who were naturalized U.S. citizens and residents of Minnesota—have been charged with raising money to support al Shabaab through door-to-door solicitations and teleconferences in Somali communities in Minnesota and other locations in the U.S. and Canada. In some cases, funds were raised under the false pretense that they would be used to help the poor. The others indicted—mostly young men—were charged with leaving the U.S. to join al Shabaab.

The charges resulted from investigations coordinated by the FBI and the Department of Justice and that involved our law enforcement partners around the world. Our Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Minneapolis, Mobile, and San Diego played a particularly significant role, Joyce said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

Recruitment by al Shabaab among the Somali-American community is a “disturbing phenomenon that we’ve been investigating intensely in recent years,” Holder said. He noted that in Minnesota alone, between September 2007 and October 2009, 20 or more young men traveled from Minneapolis to Somalia for al Shabaab training. Many of them ultimately fought for the Muslim extremist group against Ethiopian forces, African Union troops, and the transitional government there. At least one young man from Minneapolis went on to become the first known U.S. citizen suicide bomber.

“As demonstrated by the charges unsealed today, we are seeing an increasing number of individuals—including U.S. citizens—who have become captivated by extremist ideology and have taken steps to carry out terrorist objectives, either at home or abroad,” Holder said.

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

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1 posted on 08/05/2010 3:06:37 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel10/somaliaterrorist_080510.htm

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


2 posted on 08/05/2010 3:07:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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PHOTOS HERE.

WANTED POSTER:

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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.


3 posted on 08/05/2010 3:10:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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It’s very difficult to know what this country is coming to when the government persecutes al-Shabaab. Especially in the summer, when everyone is doing cookouts, a bit of barbecued lamb on a skewer, with onion, pepper and tomato can be excellent, especially if you have the right sauce, a shabaab can be delcious with a cold beer and...

Oh, wait a minute.

Never mind.


4 posted on 08/05/2010 3:13:08 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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Oopsy...Is he dead or is he not dead?
Inquiring minds want to know.

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QUOTE:

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/203486.php

August 05, 2010
Not Dead Yet? “Dead” Somali Indicted for Terror

Among the group of Somalis who’s indictment was unsealed today is Zakaria Maruf. Some may remember that Maruf, who also goes by the handle “Abu Muslim”, was widely reported to have been central in the recruiting young Somalis into the ranks of the al Qaeda affiliated al Shabaab.

Some may also remember that Maruf was said to have been killed in Somalia last year.

If he’s dead, why was he indicted? Unless, of course, he’s not dead.

His death was reported by his family. Either they were mislead by their friends/relatives in Somalia or they themselves misled the rest of us by asserting that “Abu Muslim” was dead.

Now, “Abu Muslim” is a generic enough name for someone online. But if you search the forum most closely associated with al Shabaab — in fact, it’s kind of their official-ish website — then you find posts by “Abu Muslim” as recently as December of last year, which is months after he was alleged to have been killed.

I’m not saying that this “Abu Muslim” is definitely Zakaria Maruf, but if it is then we have an explanation for an allegedly dead guy’s indictment.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at August 5, 2010 02:30 PM


5 posted on 08/05/2010 3:16:18 PM PDT by Cindy
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Well Jack, Freepers won’t be surprised at these indictments.

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ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alshabaab/index?tab=articles

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alshabab/index?tab=articles


6 posted on 08/05/2010 3:23:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: Any formatting errors in post no. 1 are mine.


7 posted on 08/05/2010 3:24:56 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2010/ag-speech-100805.html

Attorney General Eric Holder Holds a Press Conference Regarding Al-Shabaab Indictments
Washington, D.C. ~ Thursday, August 5, 2010
Good morning.

Today, the Department unsealed four separate indictments charging 14 individuals with terrorism violations for providing money, personnel, and services to al-Shabaab – a terrorist group operating in Somalia with ties to al-Qaeda. Two of these individuals have been arrested.

These indictments and arrests – in Minnesota, Alabama, and California – shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to al-Shabaab from cities across the United States.

An indictment was unsealed in Minnesota charging 10 men with terrorism offenses for leaving the United States to join al-Shabaab as foreign fighters. Seven of these defendants had been previously charged by either indictment or criminal complaint. The remaining three defendants had not been charged before.

In the District of Minnesota alone, a total of 19 defendants have been charged in connection with this investigation. Nine of these defendants have been arrested in the United States or overseas, five of whom pleaded guilty. Ten of the charged defendants are not in custody and are believed to be overseas.

Additionally, two U.S. citizens and former residents of Alabama and California – Omar Shafik Hammami and Jehad Serwan Mostafa have been charged in separate cases with providing material support to al-Shabaab. Both are believed to be in Somalia and fighting on behalf of al-Shabaab.

According to public reports, Hammami has appeared in several propaganda videos on behalf of al-Shabaab that have been distributed worldwide and he is believed to be a ranking member of the al-Shabaab organization with operational responsibilities.

Finally, Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan – both naturalized U.S. citizens and residents of Minnesota – were arrested by FBI agents earlier today. They have been charged with providing material support to terrorists, among other offenses.

The indictment alleges that these two women raised money to support al-Shabaab through door-to-door solicitations and teleconferences in Somali communities in Minneapolis, Rochester, and other locations in the United States and Canada. In some cases, these funds were raised under the false pretense that they would be used to aid the poor and the needy.

While our investigations are ongoing around the country, these arrests and charges should serve as an unmistakable warning to others considering joining or supporting 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.

As demonstrated by the charges unsealed today, we are seeing an increasing number of individuals – including U.S. citizens – who have become captivated by extremist ideology and have taken steps to carry out terrorist objectives, either at home or abroad.

It’s a disturbing trend that we have been intensely investigating in recent years and will continue to investigate and root out. But we must also work to prevent this type of radicalization from ever taking hold.

Members of the American Muslim community have been – and continue to be – strong partners in fighting this emerging threat. They have regularly denounced terrorist acts and those who carry them out. And they have provided critical assistance to law enforcement in helping to disrupt terrorist plots and combat radicalization.

These individuals have consistently – and correctly – expressed deep concern about the recruitment of their youth by terrorist groups. Many members of the community have taken proactive steps to stop the recruitment of their youth by terrorist groups. Just recently, a group of prominent American Muslims joined together in a video to repudiate the tactics employed by radicalized militants to recruit young Muslims via the Internet.

There needs to be more recognition of these efforts and of the losses suffered in the Muslim community here and around the world. Many of the victims of terror attacks by al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other terrorist groups are innocent Muslims.

I want to applaud the tremendous work of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Minneapolis, San Diego and Mobile, Alabama, for their work on these cases. I also want to thank the Dutch KLPD; the Dutch Ministry of Justice, the Justice Department’s own 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 for their assistance in the Minneapolis cases, in particular.

These indictments and arrests would not have been possible without the critical contributions from the National Security Division led by Assistant Attorney General David Kris and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in Minnesota, the Southern District of Alabama and the Southern District of California – all of whom are represented here on stage with me today.

Now, I’d like to turn it over to the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for the National Security Branch – Sean Joyce.


8 posted on 08/05/2010 3:28:49 PM PDT by Cindy
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Indictment:
http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1355.pdf

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http://www.investigativeproject.org/blog/2010/08/shabaab-support-network-shut-down

For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Shabaab Support Network Shut Down”
by IPT News • Aug 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

SNIPPET: “Federal authorities announced a major break Thursday in efforts to dismantle the international terrorist organization, al Shabaab. As we have previously reported, the past year has seen a substantial increase in Western youth traveling to Somalia to take up arms against African Union forces in the hopes of establishing an Islamic state in the Horn of Africa. The charging documents, naming 14 individuals, reveal the evolving threat posed by al Shabaab.

While historically confined to Somalia, al Shabaab has recently demonstrated the desire and capability of striking in its neighboring countries. Less than a month ago the organization claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Uganda during the World Cup which killed 74 people. And as the organization becomes a growing threat, the Justice Department has focused on the American support structure for al Shabaab.

The investigation announced by Attorney General Holder on Thursday, spanned at least four states and required the cooperation of local, federal, and international law enforcement officials. It culminated in the indictment of Omar Hammami in Alabama, Jehad Mostafa in California, and 12 more defendants in Minnesota (see here and here).”


9 posted on 08/05/2010 3:32:08 PM PDT by Cindy
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These people need to run into El Kabong.


10 posted on 08/05/2010 3:34:35 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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Ultimately, the success of a good shabaab depends on the sauce.


11 posted on 08/05/2010 3:39:03 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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A bit off thread topic:

Speaking of the threats to the World Cup and the terrorist act in UGANDA recently (See post no. 9) where an American was killed and Americans were injured; here is the background link:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2488772/posts


12 posted on 08/05/2010 3:42:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 1: “Recent al Shabaab Cases”

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July 21, 2010

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http://washingtondc.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/wfo072110.htm

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.


13 posted on 08/05/2010 3:49:50 PM PDT by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 1: “Recent al Shabaab Cases”

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July 19, 2010

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http://newyork.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel10/nyfo071910.htm

BI and Uganda Police Seek Assistance Identifying 7/11 Bombers

On July 11, 2010, Uganda was the target of a series of terrorist attacks in its capital city, Kampala, in which over 70 individuals were killed. The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab took responsibility for these attacks. The first bomb exploded at approximately 10:30 p.m. at an Ethiopian restaurant in Kabalagala. The second bomb exploded at approximately 11:20 p.m. at a rugby club. A third bomb also exploded at almost the same time at the rugby club. The first two bombs were thought to have been triggered by suicide bombers. At both venues, victims were gathered to watch the final World Cup soccer match.

Following the terrorist attacks, Uganda authorities made a request through the U.S. Embassy in Kampala for a team from the FBI to assist with their investigation. The FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) deployed a team of agents, analysts, and forensic experts to assist the Ugandan authorities. Included were members of the FBI from other parts of the country with expertise in specific portions of the investigation such as evidence collection and explosive analysis.

The investigation being conducted by Uganda with support from the FBI is ongoing. As part of the investigation, the FBI and Uganda law enforcement officials are seeking information regarding the identity of the two suicide bombers. Photos have been reconstructed to demonstrate how the two suspected male bombers may have appeared. If anyone has information on the attacks or can identity the bombers, they are requested to contact the Uganda Police or the FBI.

Individual #1

Individual #2
Major General Kale Kayihura, Inspector General of Police said, “This was a horrific event for the people of Uganda and we are dedicated to tracking down those responsible for this heinous crime. Terrorist activity must be stopped and the police force will do everything possible to keep our citizens and visitors safe. We thank the U.S. Embassy for arranging for the FBI to travel to Uganda and assist us with our critical investigation. I thank the FBI, the British High Commission, New Scotland Yard, and Interpol among the many others nations and agencies that are assisting us at this time. Our teams are working exceptionally well together in all facets of the investigation.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Nathan Gray who is serving as the commander of the FBI’s team in Uganda added, “Uganda suffered a horrible attack as people peacefully cheered during the World Cup. We are appreciative of the complete support from Inspector Kayihura and the police force as we work together to support their investigation. The United States has been victim to serious terrorist attacks and we have learned that partnerships, such as the one we have with Uganda are critical in investigating and preventing these attacks.”

FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don Borelli of the New York office is serving as the deputy commander and overseeing the daily operations. Agent Borelli stated, “The New York office of the FBI brings a wealth of experience in investigating terrorism cases. Working closely with our Uganda law enforcement partners we will do everything possible to help find the perpetrators of this horrific event.”

A link to the seeking information poster can be found at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seekinfo/uganda.htm.


14 posted on 08/05/2010 3:51:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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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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June 6, 2010

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http://newark.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/nk060610.htm

Two New Jersey Men Arrested and Charged with Conspiring to Kill Persons Outside the United States
Defendants Allegedly Intended to Join Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization al Shabaab

NEWARK, NJ—Two New Jersey men have been arrested and charged in a federal Criminal Complaint with conspiring to kill, maim, and kidnap persons outside the United States, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Newark Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) Director Charles B. McKenna announced today.

The defendants—United States citizens Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, New Jersey, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey—were taken into custody at JFK International Airport in New York on Saturday, where they intended to take separate flights to Egypt on their way to Somalia to join designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Al Shabaab and wage violent jihad. Waiting for the defendants at the airport was a law enforcement team holding arrest warrants issued by the United States District Court in Newark.

The defendants are expected to appear on Monday, June 7, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. before United States Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court.

According to the Complaint unsealed today:

In October 2006, the FBI received a tip concerning the defendants’ activities. As the investigation continued, an NYPD Intelligence Division undercover officer (UC) recorded numerous meetings and conversations with them, during which the defendants discussed and prepared to carry out their plan.

Those preparations included saving thousands of dollars, physically conditioning themselves, engaging in paintball and other tactical training, acquiring military gear and apparel for use overseas, and purchasing airline tickets to Egypt with the intent to then travel to Somalia. The defendants also discussed their obligation to wage violent jihad and at times expressed a willingness to commit acts of violence in the United States. For example:

On November 29, 2009, Alessa stated to Almonte and the UC: “They only fear you when you have a gun and when you—when you start killing them, and when you—when you take their head, and you go like this, and you behead it on camera . . . We’ll start doing killing here, if I can’t do it over there [Italics indicate translation].”

The next day, Alessa stated to the UC: “I leave this time, God Willing, I never come back. I’ll never see this crap hole. Only way I would come back here is if I was in the land of jihad and the leader ordered me to come back here and do something here. Ah, I love that.”

On April 25, 2010, Almonte stated that there would soon be American troops in Somalia, which was good because it would not be as gratifying to kill only Africans.

The defendants also watched and played for the undercover officer numerous video and audio recordings that promoted violent jihad, including lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki and videos featuring attacks by Al Shabaab and other terrorist groups.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman stated: “This case demonstrates the seriousness with which our Office and our law enforcement partners regard those who seek to join the ranks of violent extremists. When Alessa and Almonte schemed to engage in violent jihad, we were listening. When they attempted to leave the country, we were waiting. We will continue to be vigilant and to protect against terrorism no matter where its adherents intend to do harm.”

Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward said, “This case exemplifies the close coordination of resources between the New Jersey JTTF and NYPD Intel. During the course of this investigation, the subjects were confirmed to be committed individuals with operational intent. Their planned travel overseas to link with a Foreign Terrorist Organization precipitated their arrests.”

“I want to commend United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman and his assistants, along with the Newark JTTF and our other Federal and New Jersey partners who worked closely with the NYPD’s Intelligence Division in this important case. As in gun trafficking and narcotics investigations, the NYPD cannot acknowledge publicly individual undercover police officers who have infiltrated suspects. Nonetheless, we are indebted to them. Even when individuals plan to support terrorist activity abroad, we remain concerned that once they reach their foreign destinations they may be redirected against targets back home, as we’ve seen in the past. We are also concerned that should they remain undetected and fail in their foreign aspirations that they might strike domestically, as was discussed as a possibility in this case. The New York City Police Department has long been concerned about the threat posed by individuals radicalized in the United States, and welcomes its emphasis in the President’s National Security Strategy published last month,” said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

“The radicalization of our youth, like gang recruitment, is real and continues to pose concerns,” said Director Charles B. McKenna. “We must be vigilant in stopping our young men and women from being co-opted and trained to do us harm.”

If convicted of the charge, the defendants face a maximum potential penalty of life in prison.

In determining the actual sentence, the judge assigned to the case will consult the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges that take into account the severity and characteristics of the offense, the defendants’ criminal history, if any, and other factors. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence. Parole has been abolished in the federal system. Defendants who are given custodial terms must serve nearly all that time.

U.S. Attorney Fishman praised the outstanding work of the FBI and Newark Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the NYPD, and the New Jersey OHSP in conducting the investigation and apprehension of the defendants. He also thanked the FBI in New York for its assistance in making the arrests. The JTTF is made up of agents and officers of the Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, New Jersey State Police, Jersey City Police Department, Bayonne Police Department, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and other law enforcement agencies.

The Government is represented by Assistant Unites States Attorneys Andrew Kogan and L. Judson Welle of the United States Attorney’s Office National Security Unit, and Alamdar S. Hamdani, Trial Attorney, Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The charge and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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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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A warm fuzzy moment: “If you see something, say something.”

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18 posted on 08/05/2010 3:58:14 PM PDT by Cindy
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19 posted on 08/05/2010 4:17:45 PM PDT by SJackson (most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it, M Sanger)
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http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.6956/pub_detail.asp

“Al-Shabaab in Somalia: A Magnet for American Jihadists?”
August 5, 2010 - The Editor


20 posted on 08/05/2010 5:14:23 PM PDT by Cindy
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Indictment:
http://media.signonsandiego.com/news/documents/2010/08/05/somalia.pdf

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http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/05/san-diegan-among-those-charged-aiding-somalian-ter/

“Former SD man among 14 charged with aiding terror group”
BY GREG MORAN, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 5, 2010 AT 11:01 A.M., UPDATED AUGUST 5, 2010 AT 8:37 P.M.

SNIPPET: “A former San Diego man is one of 14 people charged by federal prosecutors with helping a Somali-based terrorist organization that has ties to al-Qaeda.

Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 28...”

SNIPPET: “Mostafa grew up in San Diego and attended college here...”

SNIPPET: “Harrigan said Mostafa is believed to be in Somalia now and left the United States in December 2005.”

SNIPPET: “Public records show that Jehad Mostafa had a license to be a security guard from the state Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. It was issued in 2000 and expired in 2006.

Records also show that a Jehad Mostafa was the owner of an auto business in the 6900 block of El Cajon Boulevard from 2002 to 2004.”


21 posted on 08/06/2010 1:46:12 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=60334

U.S. Indicts 14 for Support of al-Qaida Affiliate

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2010 – The Justice Department announced charges today against 14 people in three U.S. states with ties to an al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia, just as a new State Department report highlighted concerns about al-Qaida’s inroads across Africa.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the department unsealed four separate indictments charging people in Minnesota, Alabama and California with providing money, personnel and services to al-Shabaab, a terrorist group operating in Somalia with ties to al-Qaida.

Among them were Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, arrested today in Minnesota for providing funds to al-Shabaab, Holder said during a news conference. Most of the other defendants already are in custody, he reported.

“These indictments and arrests … shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to al-Shabaab from cities across the United States,” Holder said during a news conference.

“As demonstrated by the charges unsealed today, we are seeing an increasing number of individuals, including U.S. citizens, who have become captivated by extremist ideology and have taken steps to carry out terrorist objectives, either at home or abroad,” Holder said. “It’s a disturbing trend that we have been intensely investigating.”

As those investigations continue, Holder said, today’s events provide “an unmistakable warning” to anyone considering joining or supporting terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab.

“If you choose this route, you can expect to find yourself in a U.S. jail or a casualty on the battlefield in Somalia,” he said.

Today’s announcement came as the State Department released a report to Congress highlighting concerns about al-Qaida’s growing foothold in Africa.
Al-Shabaab’s leadership supports al-Qaida, the report concluded, with both groups presenting “a serious terrorist threat to America and allied interests throughout the Horn of Africa.”

Ongoing fighting between al-Shabaab, the Somalia Islamic insurgent group Hizbul Islam, and other factions and militias and Somalia’s transitional federal government have left Somalia “highly unstable,” the report said. As a result, Somalia provides “a permissive environment for terrorist transit and training,” it said.

Related Sites:
State Department Report
Justice Department News Release
Holder’s Remarks


22 posted on 08/06/2010 2:45:14 AM PDT by Cindy
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23 posted on 08/06/2010 2:52:47 AM PDT by Cindy
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More about al Shabaab from The Long War Journal http://www.longwarjournal.org/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?tag=Shabaab&blog_id=1


24 posted on 08/06/2010 3:07:21 AM PDT by anglian
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Thank you for adding the link anglian.


25 posted on 08/06/2010 3:22:05 AM PDT by Cindy
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Shabaab's foreign commanders have trained in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and many have entered Somalia over the past year to assume top leadership roles in Shabaab. The al Qaeda commanders come from Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, and the United States.

The names of some of the foreign al Qaeda leaders include:

Fazul Abdullah Mohammed - Fazul, a Kenyan, was appointed by Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda's leader in East Africa in late 2009. Before the death of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, Fazul served as the military operations chief for al Qaeda in East Africa. Fazul is an experienced al Qaeda leader who is known to be able to move in and out of East African countries with ease. In August 2008, he slipped a police dragnet in Kenya. Fazul has been sheltering in Somalia with Shabaab and the Islamic Courts for years. Fazul is considered to be Shabaab's military leader, while Sheikh Muktar Abdelrahman Abu Zubeyr is Shabaab's spiritual leader.

Shaykh Muhammad Abu Fa'id - Fai'd, a Saudi citizen, serves as a top financier financier and a "manager" for Shabaab.

Abu Sulayman Al Banadiri - Banadiri is a Somali of Yemeni descent. He serves as a top adviser to Zubeyr, and trained in an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan.

Abu Musa Mombasa - Mombasa, a Pakistani citizen, serves as Shabaab's chief of security and training.

Abu Mansour al Amriki - Amriki, whose real name is Omar Hammami, is a US citizen who converted to Islam and traveled to Somalia in 2006. Once in Somalia, he quickly rose through the ranks, and now serves as a military commander, recruiter, financier, and propagandist. Amriki appears in several Shabaab propaganda tapes.

Mahmud Mujajir - Mujajir, a Sudanese citizen, is Shabaab's chief of recruitment for suicide bombers.

Abdifatah Aweys Abu Hamza - Hamza is a Somali national who trained in Afghanistan. He is the commander of the Mujahideen of Al Quds, or Shabaab's Jerusalem Brigade, a military formation.

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2010/08/al_qaeda_leaders_pla.php#ixzz0vorkPZkI

26 posted on 08/06/2010 3:25:39 AM PDT by anglian
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Link post 26 http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2010/08/al_qaeda_leaders_pla.php


27 posted on 08/06/2010 3:28:05 AM PDT by anglian
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/2092/minneapolis-somalis-played-key-role-in-al-shabaab

“Minneapolis Somalis Played Key Role in al-Shabaab Investigation”

IPT News
August 6, 2010

SNIPPET: “Federal law enforcement officials are praising Somali-Americans for their help in an investigation which resulted in the indictment Thursday of 14 people on charges of providing money, services and personnel to the terrorist organization al-Shabaab. A large part of the credit goes to Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali community leader in Minneapolis who persevered despite opposition from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and hostile mosque leaders.

Bihi, whose teenage nephew was killed after he went to fight for al-Shabaab last year, persuaded Somali families to cooperate with the FBI’s investigation of al-Shabaab. He expressed hope that the legal process may provide answers about the disappearances of 20 teenagers and young men from the area who went to Somalia since 2007 to fight for al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al Qaida.”


28 posted on 08/07/2010 2:15:06 AM PDT by Cindy
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Hug for mam. Keep doing what you do.

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29 posted on 08/07/2010 2:18:56 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32 frwv Apres moi le deluge)
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Indictment:
http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1355.pdf

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http://www.investigativeproject.org/2992/judge-rejects-terror-finance-suspects-first
For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Judge Rejects Terror-Finance Suspects’ First Amendment Defense”
by IPT News  •  Jun 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

SNIPPET: “A federal judge Tuesday refused to dismiss an indictment against two Rochester, Minn. women charged with raising money for  al-Shabaab in Somalia. Judge Michael J. Davis, chief judge for the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, rejected arguments by Amina Farah Ali, 34, and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 64, that their alleged conduct is protected by the First Amendment, and that the prosecution violated their rights to freedom of religious expression, freedom of association, and due process.”


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http://www.lawfareblog.com/2011/08/united-states-v-mahamud-said-omar-an-important-new-al-shabaab-case-in-federal-court

“United States v. Mahamud Said Omar: An Important New Al-Shabaab Case in Federal Court”
by Robert Chesney
(August 15, 2011)


31 posted on 08/16/2011 3:11:19 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/press-releases/2011/man-extradited-from-netherlands-appears-in-federal-court-on-charges-of-supporting-terrorists

Man Extradited from Netherlands Appears in Federal Court on Charges of Supporting Terrorists

U.S. Attorney’s Office
August 15, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in Minneapolis, Mahamud Said Omar made his initial appearance on charges related to supporting al Shabaab, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization with ties to al Qaeda. He appeared before United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis.

On August 20, 2009, Omar, age 45, formerly of Minneapolis, was indicted in federal court in the District of Minnesota with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and foreign terrorist organizations as well as conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad. Omar, also known as Mohamud Said Omar and Sharif Omar, was arrested in the Netherlands in November of 2009. He was extradited from the Netherlands to the United States earlier this week.

The 2009 indictment states that from September of 2007 through August of 2009, Omar, a Somali citizen who is a lawful permanent resident of the United States, conspired with others to provide financial assistance as well as personnel to al Shabaab. Court documents allege that Omar gave money to young men so they could travel from Minneapolis to Somalia to train with and fight for al Shabaab. Omar also allegedly visited an al Shabaab safe house in Marka, south of Mogadishu, where he provided the Minneapolis men with hundreds of dollars for the purchase of AK-47 assault rifles to use in their efforts.

This case arose out of “Operation Rhino,” an investigation that focused on the disappearance of young ethnic Somali men who lived in the Minneapolis area and were ultimately found to have been recruited to fight with al Shabaab back in Somalia. The earliest groups of identified “travelers” departed the United States in October and December 2007, while others left in February 2008, August 2008, November 2008, and October 2009. Upon arriving in Somalia, the men resided in al Shabaab safe houses in Southern Somalia until constructing an al Shabaab training camp, where they were trained by senior members of al Shabaab along with a senior member of al Qaeda.

This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI’s Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota is grateful for the assistance provided in this case by the Dutch National Police Agency (KLPD), the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, the Office of the Dutch Public Prosecutor, the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, the State Department, and the FBI’s legal attaché at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague in the Netherlands. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles J. Kovats and John Docherty and Trial Attorney William M. Narus of the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division.

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.


32 posted on 08/16/2011 3:15:58 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-chicago/minn-trial-accuses-u-s-citizens-of-deadly-pipeline-to-al-shabaab

“Minn. Trial Accuses U.S.Citizens of “Deadly Pipeline” to Al-Shabaab”
Ellen Cannon, Chicago Homeland Security Examiner
October 2, 2011

SNIPPET: “Amina Farah Ali’s trial will start on October 3, 2011 in Minneapolis. Ali, a 35 year old U.S. citizen of Somali descent accused of funneling money to Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group in Somalia. Ms. Ali and her co-defendant, 64 year old Hawo Hassan, are accused of  collecting money for Al Shabaab and telling potential donors to ignore charities and focus on the “the jihad by helping to finance local Somali men’s travel to Somalia to fight”.

    Ms. Ali and Ms. Hassen were indicted on June 21, 2011.”

     SNIPPET: “The indictment alleges that as part of a larger conspiracy, Ms. Ali communicated by phone with people in Somalia who requested financial assistance for the terror group Al –Shabaab.

     According to the Justice Department, Ms. Ali allegedly “raised money for these individuals by soliciting funds door to door in Somali communities in Minneapolis, Rochester, Minnesota, and other locations in the U.S. and Canada”. In addition, Ms. Ali is accused of raising money by direct appeals to individuals participating in teleconferences that featured speakers who encourage donations to support Al-Shabaab. Ali allegedly raised funds under false pretenses that such funds were for the poor and the needy. (Department of Justice, 8/5/10)”


33 posted on 10/03/2011 12:09:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3217/courtroom-antics-in-two-radical-islamist-trials

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Courtroom Antics in Two Radical Islamist Trials”
by IPT News • Oct 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

SNIPPET: “Defendants in two terrorism trials which started this week disrupted proceedings with empty gestures of defiance.

In Minneapolis, one of two women charged with raising money for the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab refused to stand for the presiding judge.

Regardless of how her trial ends, Amina Farah Ali will serve 50 days in jail for contempt.”


34 posted on 10/05/2011 1:08:00 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/press-releases/2011/two-minnesota-women-convicted-of-providing-material-support-to-al-shabaab

Two Minnesota Women Convicted of Providing Material Support to al Shabaab

U.S. Attorney’s Office
October 20, 2011

District of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in the District of Minnesota, a jury found two Rochester, Minn., women guilty of providing material support to al Shabaab, a designated terrorist organization.

Following a 10-day trial, the jury convicted Amina Farah Ali, 35, and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 64, both naturalized U.S. citizens from Somalia, of one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. In addition, Ali was convicted of 12 counts of providing material support to al Shabaab, while Hassan was also convicted of two counts of making false statements to authorities.

Ali was detained by authorities following today’s verdict. Hassan was also detained but will be shortly transferred to a halfway house.

The evidence admitted at trial established that the defendants provided support to al Shabaab from Sept. 17, 2008, through July 19, 2010. Specifically, the evidence established that Ali communicated by telephone with al Shabaab members in Somalia who requested financial assistance for al Shabaab. Ali, Hassan, and others raised money for al Shabaab by soliciting funds door-to-door in Somali communities in Minneapolis, Rochester, and other cities in the United States and Canada. In addition, the defendants raised money by participating in teleconferences that featured speakers who encouraged donations to support al Shabaab. Ali also raised funds under the false pretense that the funds were for the poor and needy.

Ali and others then transferred funds to al Shabaab through various money remittance companies. Ali and others used false names to identify the recipients of the funds in order to conceal that the funds were being provided to al Shabaab. The indictment lists 12 money transfers directed to al Shabaab by Ali.

The defendants and others committed several overt acts in order to carry out the fund-raising conspiracy. For example, on Oct. 26, 2008, Ali hosted a teleconference during which an unindicted co-conspirator told listeners that it was not the time to help the poor and needy in Somalia; rather, it was time to give to the mujahidin. Ali and Hassan recorded $2,100 in pledges at the conclusion of the teleconference. On Feb. 10, 2009, Ali conducted another fund-raising teleconference during 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 telephoned her primary al Shabaab contact, saying, “I was questioned by the enemy here . . . . they took all my stuff and are investigating it . . . do not accept calls from anyone.” In addition, when Hassan was questioned by agents in an investigation involving international terrorism, she made false statements.

For their crimes, the defendants face a potential maximum penalty of 15 years in prison for the charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. Ali also faces a potential 15 years for each count of providing material support to a terrorist organization, while Hassan faces a potential eight years for each count of making a false statement. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis will determine their sentences at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled.

This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Paulsen and Steven Ward of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


35 posted on 10/20/2011 3:40:38 PM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/sandiego/press-releases/2011/san-diego-woman-pleads-guilty-to-conspiracy-to-provide-material-support-to-al-shabaab

San Diego Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to al Shabaab

U.S. Attorney’s Office
December 01, 2011

Southern District of California

SAN DIEGO—Nima Yusuf, 25, a resident of San Diego, pleaded guilty today in federal court in San Diego to conspiring to provide material support to al Shabaab, a foreign terrorist organization, U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy announced. Yusuf entered her plea before Magistrate Judge Ruben B. Brooks, and the plea is subject to final acceptance by U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz at or before sentencing.

As part of her plea, Yusuf admitted that she entered into an agreement with Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, Abdisalan Hussein Ali, Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax, and Abdiweili Yassin Isse to provide material support to al Shabaab in the form of money and personnel to work under the direction and control of al Shabaab. Yusuf admitted that she entered this agreement despite knowing that the United States had designated al Shabaab as a foreign terrorist organization and that it was illegal to provide money or other material support to al Shabaab.

Hassan, Ali, Faarax and Isse are charged separately in a federal grand jury indictment in Minnesota for conspiring to provide material support to al Shabaab, among other offenses. The Minnesota indictment also charges Faarax with solicitation to commit a crime of violence, based on his alleged recruitment of three other men to travel to Somalia to fight for al Shabaab, one of whom is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing on al Shabaab’s behalf in or about October 2008.

As part of her guilty plea, Yusuf admitted that she knew Hassan, Ali, Faarax and Isse had left the United States to join and fight for al Shabaab in Somalia. She admitted that, between approximately February 2010 and November 2010, she sent approximately $1,450 to these men, who were then fighting in Somalia for al Shabaab. She also admitted that, when she was twice interviewed by agents from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security concerning her activities, she falsely denied sending any money to Somalia.

Al Shabaab is a terrorist organization based in Somalia, with objectives including the overthrow of the Transitional Federal Government, the elimination of African Union support for the TFG and the imposition of Shari’a law in Somalia. Al Shabaab has engaged in and used violence, intimidation and acts of terrorism, including suicide bombings, in Somalia and elsewhere to further its objectives.

Yusuf is next scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Feb. 10, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., before U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz in San Diego. She remains held without bail pending sentencing. She faces a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This investigation was conducted by the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI.


36 posted on 12/02/2011 2:35:58 AM PST by Cindy
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www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/press-releases/2012/ohio-man-pleads-guilty-to-conspiracy-to-provide-material-support-to-somali-based-terror-group

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Somali-Based Terror Group

U.S. Attorney’s Office
February 06, 2012
District of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 27-year-old man from Westerville, Ohio pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide money and personnel to al Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization based in Somalia. Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, formerly of Eden Prairie, Minn., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Mahamud, who was indicted on June 7, 2011, entered his plea before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis.

In his plea agreement, Mahamud admitted that from 2008 through February 2011, he conspired with others to provide money and people to al Shabaab, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, in its fight against the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) and the Ethiopian military, which supports the TFG.

The defendant also admitted that he and his co-conspirators raised money from the Somali-American community in Minnesota under false pretenses to pay for men in Minnesota to travel to Somalia to join al Shabaab. Specifically, the defendant and his co-conspirators claimed the money raised would be used for a local mosque or to help orphans in Somalia. In fact, the money collected was used to purchase airline tickets and to pay other expenses so men could travel from Minnesota to Somalia to join al Shabaab.

Further, Mahamud admittedly sent money via wire transfers to a co-conspirator in Somalia, knowing the money would be used to purchase weapons or otherwise support al Shabaab.

Court documents indicate that since September 2007, approximately 20 young men have left the Minneapolis area for Somalia, where they have trained with al Shabaab. The charges against Mahamud stem from an ongoing, three-year investigation into that activity. To date, 18 people have been charged in the District of Minnesota in unsealed indictments or criminal complaints. Eight of those individuals have been arrested in the United States or overseas; of these eight, seven have pleaded guilty to related charges. Of the remaining 10 defendants, eight are at large and believed to be abroad, while two others are believed to have died in Somalia.

The charge levied against Mahamud carries a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. A federal judge will determine the actual sentence at a hearing not yet scheduled.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), with assistance from the FBI’s JTTF in Columbus, Ohio. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles J. Kovats, Jr. and John Docherty and Trial Attorney William M. Narus of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


37 posted on 02/07/2012 2:44:48 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/35d11a69a174426aafc1daf824d30229/MN—Terrorism-US-Somalia

“Judge reinstates contempt charges for Somali woman who didn’t stand during terror trial”
AMY FORLITI Associated Press
September 18, 2012 - 6:13 pm EDT

SNIPPET: “MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minnesota reinstated contempt charges Tuesday for a Somali woman who cited religious beliefs when she refused to stand for the court during the first two days of her high-profile terrorism trial last year.

Amina Farah Ali was convicted last fall of funneling money to terror group al-Shabab in Somalia, though she claimed she was raising money for charity. She is in a halfway house awaiting sentencing on 13 terror-related counts, including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.”


38 posted on 09/30/2012 1:49:56 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/press-releases/2012/federal-jury-convicts-minneapolis-man-of-supporting-foreign-terrorists

Federal Jury Convicts Minneapolis Man of Supporting Foreign Terrorists

U.S. Attorney’s Office
October 18, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—Today in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, a trial jury found Mahamud Said Omar, 46, of Minneapolis, guilty of providing material support to al Shabaab, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization.

Following a trial that began on October 1, 2012, Omar, also known as Mohamud Said Omar and Sharif Omar, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, one count of providing material support to terrorists, one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, one count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and one count of conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, and injure.

Omar was charged in an indictment filed on August 20, 2009, and unsealed on November 23, 2009. He was arrested in the Netherlands in November of 2009 and extradited from the Netherlands to the United States in August 2011, after he had exhausted all options in his effort to avoid returning to the U.S. to face terrorism charges.

“Today’s conviction is the result of our collective efforts to hold accountable those involved in a deadly network that routed funds and fighters from the United States to the al-Shabaab terrorist organization,” said Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “I applaud the many agents, analysts, and prosecutors responsible for today’s successful outcome.”

B. Todd Jones, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota added, “Fighting terrorism at home and abroad and ensuring our national security is the number-one priority of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Over the past decade, hundreds of terrorism suspects have been successfully prosecuted in federal courts all across this country. Our efforts in that regard are successful only because of our collaboration with investigative partners at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as with the National Security Division at Main Justice. And while we applaud today’s verdict, we must not forget about the families that continue to mourn the loss of their sons due to these illegal recruitment efforts by the terrorist organization al Shabaab.”

The trial evidence and testimony proved that from September 2007 through August 2009, Omar, a Somali citizen with permanent U.S. resident status, conspired with others to provide financial assistance as well as personnel to al Shabaab. Specifically, Omar facilitated the travel of young men from Minnesota to Somalia, where they trained with and fought for the terrorist group. While on a trip to Somalia, Omar also visited an al Shabaab safehouse, providing those in charge with hundreds of dollars for the purchase of AK-47 assault weapons to be used by the Minneapolis men who had traveled there to fight with al Shabaab.

The evidence presented at trial included, among other things, travel records and money-transfer records, as well as the testimony of four men who had previously pleaded guilty to related charges. The jury also heard wiretap recordings of the defendant himself and the report of a federal law enforcement agent regarding the defendant’s admission of involvement in and support of al Shabaab.

J. Chris Warrener, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office, said, “Today’s verdict affirms the crucial and painstaking work of the men and women of the FBI. The FBI will continue to relentlessly pursue those who not only engage in acts of terror, but also those who support terror in any form.”

This case arose out of Operation Rhino, a federal investigation that has focused primarily on the disappearance of approximately 20 young, ethnic Somali men from the Twin Cities area during the past five years.

The young men were recruited to fight with al Shabaab against Somalia’s internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government and African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia. Shirwa Ahmed was one of the “missing” men. He became the first known U.S. citizen suicide bomber when, on October 29, 2008, he participated in an al Shabaab bombing attack of five locations, including the United Nations Development Program in Somalia. To date, approximately 18 individuals have been indicted through Operation Rhino.

For his crimes, Omar faces a potential maximum penalty of life in federal prison for conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, and injure. He faces up to 15 years in federal prison for each of the remaining charges. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis will determine his sentence at a future hearing, not yet scheduled.

The case is the result of an investigation by the FBI’s Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force, with the assistance of the Netherlands National Police Service, the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice, the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Docherty, Charles J. Kovats, and LeeAnn K. Bell of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota and by Trial Attorney William M. Narus of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division.


39 posted on 10/20/2012 1:56:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3776/guilty-verdict-for-al-shabaab-supporter

For The Record - The IPT Blog  

“Guilty Verdict for Al-Shabaab Supporter”
by Abha Shankar  •  Oct 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

SNIPPET: “A federal jury in Minneapolis found Mahamud Said Omar guilty on Friday of providing material support to al-Shabaab, a U.S.-designated Islamist terror group fighting to overthrow the government of Somalia.

Omar, a Somali national who was granted U.S. residency in 1994, gave money to young Somalis living in Minneapolis to travel to Somalia to train with, and fight for al-Shabaab. He was arrested in the Netherlands in November 2009 and extradited to the United States in August 2011.”


40 posted on 10/20/2012 2:01:17 AM PDT by Cindy
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Most Wanted Poster:
www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists/omar-shafik-hammami

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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/mobile/press-releases/2012/omar-shafik-hammami-added-to-the-fbis-most-wanted-terrorists-list

Omar Shafik Hammami Added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List
FBI Mobile
November 14, 2012

Today, the FBI Mobile Division announced the addition of Omar Shafik Hammami to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. Mr. Hammami is wanted in connection with terrorism violations to include providing material support to terrorists.

It is alleged that Omar Shafik Hammami, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Daphne, Alabama, also known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, provided material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization known as al Shabaab. On February 26, 2008, al Shabaab was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the Secretary of State.

Hammami allegedly traveled to Somalia during 2006 and eventually joined al Shabaab’s military wing. In 2007, after Ethiopian forces invaded Somalia, Hammami joined the front lines as a fighter and eventually became a leader with al Shabaab. On November 27, 2007, an indictment was returned in the United States Southern District of Alabama charging Hammami with 18 U.S.C. 2339A, providing material support to terrorists. On September 24, 2009, a superseding indictment charged Hammami with 18 U.S.C. 2339B, providing material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The Southern District of Alabama has issued an active warrant against Hammami for his arrest.

The FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list serves as a venue to increase public awareness regarding individuals being sought by the FBI in connection with terrorism-related activities. Hammami should be considered armed and dangerous and private citizens should take no independent action against Hammami. If you have any information concerning Hammami, please contact the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI or call the FBI’s Mobile Division. You may also contact your nearest FBI field office, American Embassy or Consulate, or submit a tip electronically at https://tips.fbi.gov.


41 posted on 11/15/2012 1:51:41 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.longwarjournal.org/tags/Shabaab/common/

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http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2012/12/shabaab_rebukes_amer.php

“Shabaab rebukes American commander Omar Hammami”

By BILL ROGGIO
December 18, 2012


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FBI.gov - News: "REWARDS FOR JUSTICE PROGRAM OFFERS $5 MILLION FOR AL SHABAAB TERRORISTS" (PHOTO CAPTION: "The State Department's Rewards for Justice program is offering up to $5 million each for information on al Shabaab terrorists Omar Shafik Hammami (left) and Jehad Serwan Mostafa.") (March 20, 2013) (Read More…)
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43 posted on 03/21/2013 2:40:40 AM PDT by Cindy
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Update:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/09/shabaab_kills_americ.php

“Shabaab kills American jihadist Omar Hammami and British fighter”

By BILL ROGGIO
September 12, 2013

SNIPPET: “Several Somalis in Bay province said that a large Shabaab force attacked Hammami and his small group of followers who were hiding out in a village near Dinsoor, the BBC reported. An Egyptian known as Khadap al Masri, who was with Hammami, is said to have surrendered to Shabaab forces.

Shabaab forces reportedly took the bodies of Hammami and al Britani from the scene of the attack. Shabaab has not officially claimed credit for the attack, but unnamed Shabaab officials are said to have confirmed Hammami’s death.

Hammami is said to have granted an Interview with Voice of America Somalia more than a week ago. In the interview, he said he had renounced his ties to Shabaab and al Qaeda but still considered himself a “terrorist.”

Hammami, who is better known as Abu Mansour al Amriki, is the most well-known foreign fighter in Somalia. Hammami occupied a prominent place in Shabaab’s propaganda arm. He also served as a recruiter, financier, and military commander. He was even seen with Shabaab’s top leaders at a public eulogy for slain al Qaeda emir and founder Osama bin Laden in May 2011. The US added him to the list of specially designated global terrorists for his ties to al Qaeda in July 2011 and offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his captured in March 2013.”


44 posted on 09/13/2013 1:34:50 AM PDT by Cindy
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ADDING to post no. 44:

Previously...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2289477/posts


45 posted on 09/13/2013 2:09:35 AM PDT by Cindy
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