Skip to comments.Americans rise in rank inside Somalia jihadi group
Posted on 01/14/2012 7:56:40 AM PST by Pan_Yan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The October al-Qaida video shows a light-skinned man handing out food to families displaced by famine in Somalia. But the masked man is not Somali, or even African he's a Wisconsin native who grew up in San Diego.
A handful of young Muslims from the U.S. are taking high-visibility propaganda and operational roles inside an al-Qaida-linked insurgent force in Somalia known as al-Shabab. While most are from Minnesota, which has the largest Somali population in the nation, al-Shabab members include a Californian and an Alabaman with no ancestral ties to Somalia.
"They are being deployed in roles that appear to be shrewdly calculated to raise al-Shabab's international profile and to recruit others, especially those from the United States and other English-speaking countries," said Anders Folk, a former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted suspected al-Shabab supporters in Minnesota.
Officials fear another terrorist attack in East Africa. Kenya announced on Jan. 7 that it had thwarted attempted al-Shabab attacks over the holidays. The same day, Britain's Foreign Office urged Britons in Kenya to be extra vigilant, warning that terrorists there may be "in the final stages of planning attacks."
More than 40 people have traveled from the U.S. to Somalia to join al-Shabab since 2007, and 15 of them have died, according to a report from the House Homeland Security Committee. Federal investigations into al-Shabab recruitment in the U.S. have centered on Minnesota, which has more than 32,000 Somalis.
At least 21 men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabab in that same time. The FBI has confirmed that at least two of them died in Somalia as suicide bombers. A U.S. citizen is suspected in a third suicide bombing, and another is under investigation in connection with a fourth bombing on Oct. 29 that killed 15 people.
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pleaze obama - bring in MORE muslim refugees to america...
Sadly, he's got a lot of catching up to do to match the numbers of Somalis that Bush graced us with.
No doubt trained and indoctrinated in some of our many mosques. Close them down, before they do more harm stateside. Religion of peace, my a$$!
Yep, many of the ones in the article were already in Minnesota when o'Bambi got elected.
I don't think I was ever more outraged at the Bush Administration (and congressional majority Republicans) than I was over the floodgates being opened to Somali immigrants. These people were forced on us against the objections of practically everyone in the country. Even liberals didn't want them! The bring absolutely nothing of value to our shores. Nothing but poverty, illiteracy and welfare dependence.
My attitude toward foreign aid has changed over the decades.
It's nice of us to go help after a major disaster (The Boxing Day earthquake/tsunami, for instance). Direct aid is something we can be proud of.
Sending money starts getting shaky, to me, especially to folks we really can't count on in a pinch, and that's a significant part of our budget.
Bringing their people here, unless there is a solid case for their imminent demise otherwise due to service rendered to our nation should be more carefully considered.
Taking money from poor people in rich countries to send to rich people in poor countries.
Every penny is wasted... We shouldn’t have to buy our friends.
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