Minnesota: Somali-Muslim says mother, others knew of plan to join ISIS

via Minnesota Somali-American ordered held for trial on charges of trying to help Islamic State.

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A federal judge in Minnesota ordered on Thursday that a Somali-American man remain in custody pending trial on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State and lying to federal agents.

Mohamed Farah, 21, who was born in Minneapolis and was a full-time college student before his arrest in April, was one of six men charged as a group in April with conspiring to support Islamic State militants.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that Farah was a flight risk and danger to the community, despite the defense’s contention he had no criminal record or history of violence and that the case against him was weak.

Farah, whose brother Adnan Farah is among the defendants previously ordered held until trial, tried twice to leave the United States to join Islamic State militants in Syria and told a federal informant he would attack agents if cornered, prosecutors said.

In November, Farah and three other men went to New York from Minneapolis by bus, but were stopped from taking international flights and returned to Minnesota, according to prosecutors.

Farah and co-defendant Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21, were arrested in April after driving to California in an attempt to go to Mexico and make their way to Syria, while four others were arrested in Minnesota, prosecutors said.

Davis ordered Daud held until trial at a detention hearing in May. Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19, Farah’s brother Adnan, 19, Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were arrested in Minnesota and ordered held after separate hearings.

All six are friends or relatives with connections to other men who have tried or succeeded in going overseas to join Islamic State or al Shabaab, a militant group based in Somalia.

More via WSJ:

“Unlike the majority of crimes, in which flight is a means to avoid the consequences of one’s criminal behavior, in this case flight—flight to Syria to join ISIL—is itself the crime, as is violence,” prosecutors said in the brief. Prosecutors said pretrial release under his family’s supervision would be irresponsible and “ineffective in ensuring the safety of the community or his future appearance in court, because Defendant’s family was aware of his impending travel and did nothing to stop him.”

Mr. Farah allegedly said to a government informant that his mother and others knew of his plan to join Islamic State. “She knows where I’m going, bro, that’s the thing…” he said of his mother, according to federal prosecutors.

The young man also threatened to commit violence locally if he were unable to travel to Syria, according to the brief. Mr. Farah said, “if his back is put ‘against the wall,’ he will kill the federal agents investigating his case,” according to the brief.

Prosecutors allege that Mohamed Farah has plotted to travel to Syria since at least March 2014, and that he made two previous, failed attempts to leave the country to join Islamic State. He and a handful of other young men were arrested in April as they all tried to leave the country at roughly the same time after conspiring together to do so, according to authorities. The men all await trial in federal court on similar charges.

In November, Mr. Farah tried to travel to Syria, but was stopped and questioned by federal agents, according to prosecutors. He lied to agents saying he had planned on vacationing in Bulgaria for two days, according to the brief.

Mr. Farah was most recently arrested April 19 in San Diego as he allegedly tried to get a fake passport, travel to Mexico and then on to Syria.

Oral arguments in the case are slated for July 28.

Minnesota: Muslims in America want sharia law (VIDEO)

via Atlas Shrugs

If the average Muslim on the street is that blunt about wanting sharia and to live in an Islamic country, imagine what is being preached in Minnesota mosques.

Atlas asks:

Why are these people here? They don’t want to be here. They’d rather be living in a Muslim country under shariah law.

Why are we importing hostile invaders?

Related: Somali Muslim in Minnesota Who Joined ISIS Vowed to “Spit on America” at Border


Minneapolis: Airplane-fueling Muslim joins ISIS, promptly meets Allah

h/t Jihad Watch who notes:

No one would have dreamed of trying to determine whether Ahmed should really have been fueling passenger jets. That would have been “Islamophobic.”

via Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad

MINNEAPOLIS — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet.

After losing his $15-an-hour job fueling airliners in Minneapolis, the Somali-American father of nine survived on low-wage jobs and public assistance. He complained about working hard, but never having enough money. His circumstances worsened when he was ordered to pay more than $700 a month to support three of his children — including one less than a year old.

Months later, he surfaced in Syria, where he went to fight for the Islamic State.

“I think since he lost his job, he was maybe never normal after that,” sister Muna Ahmed told the AP last fall.

“It’s unbelievable,” his friend, Farhan Hussein, said recently. “Where did this disease come from?”

Hussein said his friend seemed confused about life, and sometimes felt stressed out by the women with whom he had children: Minnesota court papers show at times he was paying child support to two ex-wives for five of his kids, as well as support for a sixth whose mother is not identified. He wasn’t the type to go to mosque or pray every day — instead, he went clubbing and even drank alcohol, Hussein said.

When he felt troubled, Ahmed might turn to his religion for a week or so at a time. But once the blues passed, he would be back to his old self — flirting with women, dressing sharply, listening to rap music, shooting hoops and lifting weights at a local gym, Hussein said.

He dipped sporadically into political discussions, speaking about the Palestinians, the civil war in Libya and conditions in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia where many Somalis live. But the continued atrocities against Syrian civilians committed by the Assad regime apparently made a deeper impression.

On Dec. 3, 2013, a post on his Facebook account showed pictures of mutilated kids: “Look what is happening in syria. Where is the UN when u need them. This is worse than libya you get it?”

A month later, it appears, Ahmed was in Syria himself.

“A muslim has to stand up for was right. … I give up this worldly life for allah and to save the ummah (community of believers) if that makes terrorist am happy with it,” he wrote in a Jan. 3, 2014 post.

Another post that same day contains a photo of him holding a rifle in one hand, and a book that may be the Quran in the other.

Alarmed, Hussein messaged Ahmed, urging him to come home. After ignoring his friend for months, Ahmed replied that “we’ve got to fight” for the caliphate.

Ahmed’s last Facebook posts, including one that says “having fun in jihad,” are dated last July 25.

The next month, a member of Ahmed’s family received a picture that appeared to show him dead, with a gunshot wound to the head. The State Department is working to verify reports of Ahmed’s death, but Hussein identified the person in the photo as his friend, who would have been 34 according to court records.


Minneapolis: Somali Muslim terror suspects used college loans to finance jihad travels

They should have done what Democratic Congressman and Muslim Keith Hakim Ellison did, let the Muslim Brotherhood pay for the trip.

via 2 Twin Cities men in [Islamic] terrorism case now face fraud charges – StarTribune.com.

Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19

Two Twin Cities men charged with conspiracy to fight alongside terrorists now face financial fraud charges for allegedly using their college loans to purchase airline tickets to fly to the Middle East.

In a superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota, Hamza Ahmed and Hanad Mustafe Musse were charged with using more than $1,000 of financial aid provided to them.

Ahmed, 21, from Savage, and Musse, 19, of Minneapolis, are among seven young Somali-Americans from Minnesota who face charges of planning to leave the United States and fight alongside Islamic extremist groups. Six of them were charged in April.

During the last two years, more than 20 Somali-Americans from Minnesota have left to fight alongside terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, according to the FBI.

The new indictment says that Ahmed and Musse bought airline tickets on Nov. 8, 2014 from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Europe, using more than $1,000 in federal college financial aid. Hamza used his aid money to purchase a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, authorities say. Musse used similar funds to buy a ticket to travel to Greece. From those two destinations, authorities say the pair then planned on heading to Syria. Hamza had actually boarded his flight when he was ordered off the plane by officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In a related matter, Abdurahman Daud, 20, another alleged conspirator, made his first appearance in federal court in Minneapolis on Tuesday morning before U.S. Chief District Judge Micheal Davis. Daud was arrested by the FBI in San Diego in late April, along with alleged conspirator Mohamed Farah, after they drove from Minneapolis to California. They were accompanied on the trip by a confidential informant who was working for the FBI.

Daud and Farah allegedly planned on acquiring false documents in San Diego in order to cross into Mexico. From there, they planned on flying to the Middle East with the intent of entering Syria to fight, authorities say.

Daud, who is charged with providing material support to terrorists, is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing Friday afternoon in front of Davis. Farah is charged with conspiracy and is expected to be returned to the Twin Cities later this week. Farah’s brother, Adnan, was arrested last month in connection with this case and is charged with providing support to terrorists. He is being held in the Sherburne County jail.

Ayan Farah, their mother, attended Daud’s hearing along with about three dozen men, women and children from the Somali community in the Twin Cities. She said she spoke to Adnan recently and said he appeared to be doing well. “It’s very difficult,” she said.

Three dozen Somali Muslims went to court? Don’t they go to work or school? That means you – the American taxpayer – are subsidizing these terror supporters.


Minnesota: Jihad Deradicalization Program Fails, Muslim Terror Suspect Re-Arrested

via U.S. Jihad Deradicalization Program Fails, Subject Re-Arrested | PJ Tatler

By Patrick Poole

A terror deradicalization program — established in the “Ground Zero” of terror recruitment, Minnesota’s Twin Cities — has already failed after just a few months.

The program was established after a federal court released 19-year-old terror suspect Abdullahi Yusuf to a halfway house earlier this year. Federal prosecutors opposed Yusuf’s release, but were overruled by the federal judge in the case, Michael J. Davis, the Chief Judge of the District of Minnesota. Today, Yusuf again sits in jail, having violated the terms of his release.

Remarkably, Judge Davis said today in a separate case of six men charged with trying to join the Islamic State that he would be willing to consider “less restrictive options” than detaining the men – just a day after Yusuf’s re-arrest.

Last May, Yusuf was arrested at the Minneapolis airport while on his way to Syria by way of Turkey to join the Islamic State. One of his accomplices, Abdi Nur, did make it to Syria, and he now serves as an effective recruiter for the terror group.

Just last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on the program with an article titled “A Test Case for ‘Deradicalization’“:

The path of reform for Abdullahi Yusuf, a U.S. teenager who tried to become a radical Islamic soldier, passes through writings of Martin Luther King Jr., readings of the U.S. Constitution and discussions about life and literature with a fellow Somali-American named Ahmed Amin.

Mr. Yusuf’s attempt to travel to the Middle East last year helped lead authorities to six Minnesota men who were charged last month in connection with a plan to join Islamic State abroad. The 19-year-old has become a test case for whether Americans lured by Islamic extremism can be deradicalized.

A Minnesota judge earlier this year sent Mr. Yusuf to a halfway house, where he adheres to a tailor-made curriculum aimed at reintegrating him into American society and his immigrant community here. If the program succeeds, Mr. Yusuf’s sentence could be reduced — and the approach to his deradicalization replicated, experts say.

Counterterrorism experts believe it is the first such effort in the U.S. to try to turn a young person connected to a terror prosecution away from an extremist Islamist ideology since the advent of groups like al-Shabaab and Islamic State, or ISIS.

Apparently, reading Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Wright’s Native Son, and articles about the experience of Native Americans didn’t sway Yusuf to keep compliant with the program. The Star-Tribune reports today:

Abdullahi Yusuf, a Somali-American who pleaded guilty to conspiring to support terrorists in the Middle East, has been taken into custody for allegedly violating conditions while living in a St. Paul halfway house, according to court documents filed Monday.

Yusef, a student at Inver Grove Community College, drew national attention after a federal judge decided to place him in a halfway house and provide counseling for him rather than hold him in custody while awaiting sentencing.

Yusuf’s alleged violations were not detailed in court records.

Despite the violations not being detailed, the video report on Abdullahi’s re-arrest aired on the local CBS affiliate notes Abdullahi’s violations occurred on the same day last month that six other Twin Cities men were arrested for attempting to join the Islamic State.

One additional interesting tidbit is that according to the New York Times, federal prosecutors opposed Yusuf’s release:

Mr. Yusuf, Mr. Nur’s co-defendant, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support for terrorism and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years. But in an experiment being watched nationally, Judge Michael J. Davis of Federal District Court agreed to a presentence plan to divert Mr. Yusuf to a halfway house with the support of Heartland Democracy, an education nonprofit in Minneapolis. He worked at Best Buy and attended community college until late November, when he was jailed for a time in connection with his attempt to travel to Syria. His supporters are now working with the court to get him back in classes and eventually back in a job.

The idea, said Mary McKinley, executive director of Heartland Democracy, is to gradually reintegrate Mr. Yusuf into the community, and possibly give him a role in countering the radicalization of young people.

“Ideally, Abdullahi will be able to tell his story in a way that is useful to young people who are frustrated and disengaged,” Ms. McKinley said. His lawyer, Jean M. Brandl, said her client was not prepared to speak publicly.

Federal prosecutors opposed giving Mr. Yusuf a break, noting that he had lied to F.B.I. agents at the airport. But Judge Davis, who knows the Somali community well enough to ask about clans and sub-clans, went along with the plan, intended to reduce the chasm between Somalis and law enforcement officials. Parents and friends concerned about a young person drawn to the Islamic State are more likely to call the police, advocates say, if they believe there is an alternative to a long prison sentence.

The Associated Press reports today that during a hearing for the other six men arrested in April accused of trying to join the Islamic State Judge Davis said he is willing to consider “less restrictive options” than holding the men until trial:

Five Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group were ordered Tuesday to remain in custody pending trial, but Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said he’s open to exploring less restrictive options.

The five men are all charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization; four are charged with attempting to provide such support. Their attorneys had appealed orders that the men be held while their cases proceed, arguing their clients weren’t dangerous or a flight risk.

In separate hearings for each man Tuesday, Davis said no set of conditions could reasonably ensure the community’s safety or guarantee that each man would not flee. But he told attorneys to come up with plans that could support their release.

“I’m not rushing into this,” Davis said. “It’s a slow process. But I’m taking a look at each of these defendants individually.”

As the saying goes, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

It was a failure from the get go as supposedly moderate Muslims living in America (ie, Terror-linked CAIR and 40+ Muslim groups) wanted no part of anti-terror program. In one of the other three cities selected to test the program funded by taxpayers, Boston, Muslim Leaders Boycotted Obama’s Plan to Counter Violent (Islamic) Extremism.



Minnesota: Another mosque vandalized, again by a Muslim

Will the hate crimes never end? via St. Cloud man arrested after Islamic Center vandalism. h/t TROP

A St. Cloud man was arrested early Thursday after a report of vandalism at the Islamic Center of St. Cloud, in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South.

Abdourahamane Diallo, 29, told officers he had vandalized the Islamic Center and a vehicle because he was frustrated and had lost an expensive phone earlier in the evening, according to a report from the St. Cloud Police Department.

Police were called to the site shortly before 5 a.m. They learned that the window in a door and a window in a nearby vehicle had been broken while several people were attending prayer inside the center. Witnesses chased Diallo from the building to the end of the block and were walking him back to the scene when police arrived, the report said.

Witnesses said Diallo broke the windows after spraying the side of the church with beer, according to the report. No one was injured during the incident. Diallo appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the incident, police said.

Diallo told officers he regularly attended prayer at the Islamic Center in the past.

Police are determining the monetary loss due to the damage. Diallo also is a suspect in a separate case of criminal damage to property stemming from damage to his friend’s vehicle earlier in the evening after a dispute about the lost phone, according to the police report. Rear view mirrors were broken on the vehicle while it was parked downtown.

Diallo could be charged with felony criminal damage to property, according to police.


Texas Terror Connection To Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison’s Minneapolis District

Keith Ellison (r) with Muslim thug Umar Lee

Keith Ellison (r) with Muslim thug Umar Lee

via The Texas Terror Connection To Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison’s Minneapolis District.

by Lee Stranahan

An Islamist radical recruited to Somalia from Minneapolis inspired the would-be “Texas Terror” killers, who were gunned down in Garland, Texas Sunday night by a sharp-shooting law enforcement officer before they could carry out their mass-murder plot at an art exhibit sponsored by First Amendment heroine Pamela Geller.

It’s just the latest example of how and why Minneapolis—and specifically the congressional district of Muslim DemocratRep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) —has become ground zero for the threat to the United States from Islamist terror groups such as ISIS and Al-Shabaab.

As Minnesota CBS affiliate WCCO reports:

In recent months, Elton Simpson, one of the two Texas gunmen, began communicating through Twitter with the Minnesota fugitive known as Mujahid Miski who is in Somalia.

On April 23, Miski tweeted “The brothers from the Charlie Hebdo attack did their part. It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part.”

Moments before last night’s attack Simpson tweeted “May Allah accept us as mujahideen” and then created his own hashtag #texasattack. Minutes later, Simpson and the other gunmen were dead.

Soon after, Miski and other radicals were online celebrating Simpson’s martyrdom and even tweeting “This one should hit the front page.” Miski also tweeted that he would miss Simpson’s daily greetings.

The terrorist threat emanates from the Minneapolis neighborhood known as “Little Mogadishu,” home to one of the highest concentration of Somali immigrants in the USA.

The Little Mogadishu neighborhood is represented by Democrat congressman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who liberals proudly tout as the first Muslim-American Congressman. Ellison – who famously swore his oath of office on a Koran – has been a key player in public attacks on those seeking to expose the threat of radical Islam, including former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Texas Congressman

Somali terror cell Al-Shabaab has been actively and successfully recruiting in Ellison’s district for years, even producing a slick recruitment video inviting young men in Minnesota to travel overseas and join the jihad. The video has proven disturbingly effective.

How bad is the problem in Rep. Ellison’s Minneapolis district? So bad that even liberal think-tank Think Progress has been forced to acknowledge it. They highlighted a recent story about Ellison’s constituents trying to join ISIS.

On April 19, six Somali-Americans were arrested for attempting to travel to Syria and link up with the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL. All were young men between the ages of 19 and 21. Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19, Adnan Farah, 19, Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, and Guled Ali Omar, 20,  were arrested in Minneapolis while Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 21, and Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, were arrested trying to buy fake passports in San Diego.

These men are the latest in a line of young Somali-Americans recruited to join FTOs, an issue that this community — described by locals as “vibrant, resilient, and peaceful” — has faced since 2006.

That April incident actually shares a link with the Texas Terror Attack: instigator Muhammad Miski, as WCCO also reported:

The November 2014 indictment of Minneapolis resident Abdi Nur says Nur left for Syria in May of 2014, just a few months after becoming Facebook friends with Miski.

After Nur joined ISIS, Miski continued to give him advice, tweeting, “the brothers from Minneapolis are well connected… it’s something we have learned after six year in Jihad.”

Nur, in turn, is credited with recruiting the six Minnesota terror suspects arrested last month.

Through Twitter, Miski has denounced the arrests of the six and even encouraged turnout at the April 25 protest by Somali community members in St. Paul.

Just last month, Rep. Ellison penned a New York Times editorial opposing efforts to make it more difficult for Americans to send money to Somalia. Critics allege that under the current system, too much of the money remitted to Somalia ends up in the hands of terrorists and criminal gangs.

More: Keith Ellison for dummies


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