al Shabaab terrorist caught in Somalia recently traveled to & has U.S. residence

This according to CNN.  Source: First on CNN: Joint US-Somali raid nabs suspected US resident – CNNPolitics

A joint US-Somali military raid on an al-Shabaab target in Somalia on Sunday resulted in the capture of an al-Shabaab facilitator who is suspected of being a lawful US resident, two US defense officials told CNN.

US military advisers were conducting an “advise and assist mission,” accompanying local Somali security forces as they launched a raid on an al-Shabaab target, al Qaeda’s Somali affiliate, in the area of Gilcayo, Somalia.

During the raid the officials said a “known al-Shabaab facilitator and suspected lawful resident of the US was captured by the Somali National Security Forces.” One official called the capture “a target of opportunity” and said that the individual recently traveled to the United States. The official said the detainee is not an American citizen and that the military is working to confirm the nature of his US residency with US law enforcement.

The individual is currently being detained by the Somali government.

The Pentagon referred CNN to the government of Somalia.


What’s the over-under that he was in Minnesota? CNN failed to provide any details but other sites did:  Captured al-Shabaab commander may have U.S. residence, officials say

The commander identified as Abdirazaq Husain Tahliil aka “Ina Alool Geel” is the commander of operations for al-Shabaab group in Mudug region, was captured again on last Sunday along with other 4 militants.

Tahliil was previously captured by Puntland security forces in November 2012, during the tenure of past administration led by former President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole. He was arrested for the possession of explosive-making materials inside his car.

Subsequently, the court sentenced him to death penalty, but later was released from the prison by the current Puntland President Abdiwali Mohamed Ali “Gaas” despite advice to reverse the decision due to the security risks Tahliil will pose on the region.

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