The Threat at Home – by Ryan Mauro


As the United States turns its attention to security threats abroad, the disturbing trend of extremism in America’s Somali communities is a reminder that there are also real and present dangers at home.

A growing body of evidence suggests that Somali communities in the Unites States have become fertile ground for terrorist groups to recruit and implant operatives. On November 23, the federal government announced eight more indictments of Somali-Americans in Minnesota on charges of recruiting members of their community to join the al-Shabaab terrorist organization in Somalia. This brings to 14 the number of Somalis from Minnesota who have been indicted for helping the Al-Qaeda-linked group.

Of the eight indicted, only one has been arrested; the rest are currently outside of the United States. Four of those previously arrested have pled guilty and two have been released while they wait to be tried. The government believes that about 20 Somali-Americans have left the state to join al-Shabaab’s jihad in Somalia, at least three of whom have died since departing. One, Shirwa Ahmed, died when he became the first American suicide bomber.

Several of those indicted attended the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center in St. Paul, as did many of those who were recruited. The mosque released a statement in March saying that “Abubakar Center didn’t recruit, finance, or otherwise facilitate in any way, shape, or form the travel of those youth.”

Somali gangs are also becoming an issue in Minnesota. Shukri Adan, a former Somali community organizer, said in 2007 that there 400-500 members of his community were involved in gangs. The Associated Press reported in July that

“Despite anger and despair over the killings in Minnesota’s Somali community—the nation’s largest—police and prosecutors have struggled to catch and try the killers. Few witnesses have stepped forward because of a fear of reprisal and deep-rooted distrust of authority.”

The concern over extremist elements in the Somali community is not limited to Minnesota. The FBI is worried about the community of 6,000 living in the Washington D.C. area. The Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, which was attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers and the Fort Hood shooter, has many Somali attendees. The former imam of the mosque has acted as an Al-Qaeda recruiter and may be part of the group’s efforts to help al-Shabaab. The FBI’s investigation into disappearing Somalis who may have joined the terrorist group includes Seattle, Columbus, Cicinnati, Boston and San Diego.

Brian Moseley, a reporter for the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, won an award for documenting of the inability of Somali immigrants in Shelbyville, Tennessee, to assimilate, causing a culture clash in the town. Moseley described how law enforcement and fire department personnel had described to him how the immigrants were hostile to them, and how police officers were often reluctant to patrol areas where they live when it is dark. I also broke a story in May about how counter-terrorism expert Dave Gaubatz and his researchers had found extremist material at a mostly Somali mosque in Nashville. Gaubatz and his team collected evidence of child abuse and accused the Department of Child Services of failing to act.

A similar clash was caught on tape when on June 27, 2009 a video was uploaded to YouTube showing about 15 Somali youth harassing and throwing rocks at a homosexual man leaving the Gay Pride Festival in Minneapolis.

Terrorism researcher Patrick Poole wrote in November 2007 that an organization tied to radical Islamic militants in Somalia was holding conferences in Falls Church and Minneapolis, where those attending were instructed on how to send money overseas without being detected. Poole wrote:

“…there exists an active recruiting and transportation network in the U.S., including Minneapolis, for Somali-run terrorist training camps, many of which have recently reopened. In many instances, these same Somali leaders purporting ignorance and innocence for the local media are not only aware of these recruiting operations, but have actively participated in them.”

Al-Shabaab’s ranks have been swelled by the addition of non-Somalis. The president of Somalia’s government has said that up to 1,100 foreign terrorists have joined the group, which now is operating training camps in the East African country. The terrorist group has a wide international network and its training of foreign operatives means it has sympathizers willing to act in the West.

One Somali-American from Minneapolis was arrested in November in the Netherlands for financing the transportation of American recruits to Somalia. Up to five Somalis living in Canada disappeared in November as well and are believed to have traveled together to their homeland via Kenya. Previously, a Toronto-based businessman was killed in 2008 after he joined Somali terrorists fighting Ethiopian troops who had invaded the country to stop extremists from coming to power. British intelligence has said that dozens of people have gone to Somalia and received terrorist training and returned to the United Kingdom.

Al-Shabaab has taken large control over large swaths of territory, including parts of Mogadishu, potentially allowed Al-Qaeda to replicate the safe harbor and reverse some of its most major losses since the war in Afghanistan began. Already, Somalia is being used as a base to export terrorism. Saudi Arabia has captured Somalis that were helping the extremist Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen and were planning attacks in the Kingdom.

Of course, not all Somalis are sympathizers with extremism. There has been outrage in the Somali community over these developments. On June 11, Somali-Americans in Minneapolis protested the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which they accused of encouraging members of their community not to cooperate with the government’s investigation. The Terror-Free Somalia Foundation, which closely tracks events related to al-Shabaab, is led by Abdurahman Warsame, a Somali-American activist.

The failure to integrate these Somali immigrants into American society is causing strife and has proved to be an asset to al-Shabaab. The majority of the immigrants oppose such extremism. But it doesn’t take many sympathizers to create a network of support for terrorists. The current focus of al-Shabaab is Somalia, but when the day comes that they change their focus to the U.S., they will have American recruits ready for action.

  • shanecomeback

    Thank you, Mr. Clinton and Bush, for dumping tens of thousands of hostile,infidel -hating Somalians on a diversity-soaked and unsuspecting public. One thing not mentioned,also up on Youtube is a movie taken by Somali teens showing them pushing down joggers, bike riders, and kids.For no reason than the rush they get from hurting someone. Minnesotans own liberality will get them killed sooner or later.

  • keithrage

    “Abubakar Center didn’t recruit, finance, or otherwise facilitate in any way, shape, or form the travel of those youth.”
    Oh no,they did not have to recruit, they willingly stepped forward, they did not have to finace them, they had access to other supplied funds and of course they can organise their own travel, there are many ways to twist the truth but who trained them ? Who preached to them jihad? What about the fact that you can under islam lie and deceive to infidels to progress the muslim agenda, we should be long past the ability to believe anything from the voices of islam

  • jannie21

    Why do we even allow these primitive barbarians in our country in the first place? Don't we have enough cab drivers?

  • josephwiess

    Maybe it's time that we started revoking the citizenship of any immigrant that joins an muslim group that's advocating the overthrow of our government. And as for those that have already flown overseas to fight, revoke their passports and keep them trapped where they want to be.

    Any mosque that recruits terrorists and preaches hate must be shut down and it's imam charged with treason, then he must be deported as well.

  • dogwithoutslippers

    A frightening reality.

  • BS77

    Oh no, you can't do THAT!!! Remember you are in Al Franken LIberalista Land….no deportations, no revocations of visas….see according to the brainwashed PC diversity- at -all -costs liberal moron, we must make ourselves into doormats and permit MILLIONS of third world legal and illegal immigrants to flood our nation, without any plan or goal….supply them with housing, food stamps, welfare, education, medical care and unemployment etc etc so that they will feel all warm and fuzzy being here. Isn't that nice? Thanks to our liberal immigration anarchy…we now harbor millions of welfare free loaders, terrorists, gang idiots, thieves, drunken drivers and losers…..Thanks State Department!!!!

    Diversity is not the “strength of our nation”. Patriotism and personal devotion to our country is the strength of our nation.

  • BS77

    The Trojan Horse of stealth immigration….already twenty years too late to realize the damage this has caused our nation. The need to allow millions of non assimilating, hostile BUGS into our country is a mystery that only the block headed bureaucrats in DC can explain to US taxpayer citizens. Our Federal government passively shrugged as millions of border crashers entered the US….the Feds did NOTHING. The Feds encouraged millions of third world, unskilled, non English speaking, non assimilating people from Somalia, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Arabia,etc etc to come here. WHY?? Most countries on earth have very restrictive immigration policies for good reason. Look at France or England. THe liberal idiots ushered in lots of trouble with their open immigration policies…now they are freaking out.

  • USMCSniper

    Tribalism, a.k.a. diversity is what you getting from all minorities except western European caucasians that emigrate to the United States either legally or illegally. They don't assimilate in any manner. breed like rats, and they tend to “bite the hand that feeds them” with a large portion of them on the welfare dole, never pay their bills, and by they commit most of the violent crimes – particularly the Negroes and Latinos. What do you expect when we allow a separate tribe in Congress restricted to Negro membership called the Black Caucus?

  • Elizabeth

    Why the hell are these people here? What do they add to American society that's positive? Absolutely nothing! This is the main reason I've had trouble with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We go over there to fight radical Islam and yet, we import them by the thousands into America. We leave our northern and southern borders open. It's like being in a leaky boat with someone who keeps scooping up water into the boat while you are bailing it out. America is a strong and flexible country that has done a phenomenal job of assimilating people from all over the globe…but it's not going to work this time. Islam is too strong, too evil, too overpowering and most of America just doesn't want to face all the unpleasantness. They would rather watch American Idol, play video games and go shopping.

  • mmcfm

    We have colonists, not citizens coming to our shores.

  • Eric the sceptic

    Sometimes it appears that our civilization plans to commit suicide. Why can't we take reasonable, long overdue, and minimal steps to protect ourselves from the jihadist threat?

  • USMCSniper

    The threat at home will grow because of apathy. Why. Today is supposed to be a day that lives in infamy. December 7, 1941 was Pearl Harbor and there is not a single article on it is here in FPM. Expect that remembering 9/11 to be the same in a couple more years.

  • Elizabeth

    Sadly, you are probably right about 9/11. This is one of the reasons why I was annoyed by all those signs and banners that read: We Will Never Forget that popped up all over the place after 9/11. Big deal, now what? Besides, eventually everyone will forget. Already, we have the Left trying to turn it into a Day of Service….what the heck does that have to do with fighting radical Islam?

  • arishsahani

    Few years back I read in New York times article written by a muslim writer which stated clearly and that hounds me even today.
    ” where US will put its bombs when there will be call from each street cornar Allah O Akbar.”
    He clearly ment problems from muslims living in usa. This shows our democracy they will use against us. Solutions Muslims are not fit for democracy as for them law of allah is above all laws They don't accept democractic rules They will try to kill us even we love them dearly as our brother and treat them like human being but they will always take us a infidel .

  • Havoc

    Why are there any 'Somali communities' within our borders?

  • Havoc

    How about deporting any muslim found within our borders – revoking US citizenship where required?

  • Tony Bonagura

    For all my wonderful friends in Minnesota, take heed your state is a breeding ground for TERROR. Make sure you pay close attention to who and what your neighbor may be involved in. We were suppose to tighten our borders after 9/11 and it seems it is worse now than it was before 9/11.

  • LindaRivera

    Prime Minister of Turkey, Erdogan, publicly read an Islamic poem: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and Muslims our soldiers…”

    7/19/09 U.S. Conference FALL of CAPITALISM. RISE of ISLAM

    Islamic Supremacist Group Holds First U.S. Conference
    July 17, 2009
    Diane Macedo

    A group committed to establishing an international Islamic empire and reportedly linked to Al Qaeda is stepping up its Western recruitment efforts by holding its first official conference in the U.S.

    Hizb ut-Tahrir is a global Sunni network with reported ties to confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Al Qaeda in Iraq's onetime leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It has operated discreetly in the U.S. for decades.

    Now, it is coming out of the shadows and openly hosting a July 19 conference entitled, “The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam,” at a posh Hilton hotel in a suburb of Chicago.

    Phares said that Hizb ut-Tahrir, rather than training members to carry out terrorist acts like Al Qaeda, focuses instead on indoctrinating youths between ages of 9 and 18 to absorb the ideology that calls for the formation of an empire — or “khilafah” — that will rule according to Islamic law and condones any means to achieve it, including militant jihad.

    “One would compare them to Hitler youth. … It's an extremely dangerous organization.”

    Phares said Hizb ut-Tahrir has strongholds in Western countries, including Britain, France and Spain, and clearly is looking to strengthen its base in the U.S.

    “The aim of this conference is to recruit within the Muslim community in America,” he said. “The Middle East governments go after them, but in the U.S. they are protected, so having a base here is going to help their cells around the world.”

    In his book, “How the Khilafah Was Destroyed,” Sheikh Abdul Qadeem Zalloom, the former global leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir, says anyone who rules by a non-Islamic system should “either retract or be killed … even if this led to several years of fighting and even if it led to the killing of millions of Muslims and to the martyrdom of millions of believers.”

    Hizb ut-Tahrir's official ruling on the permissibility of hijacking planes says, “If the plane belongs to a country at war with Muslims, like Israel, it is allowed to hijack it, for there is no sanctity for Israel nor for the Jews in it.”

    And one of the organization's more recent leaflets, published in March, calls for the declaration of “a state of war against America.”

    But, despite these threats and calls to action, Hizb ut-Tahrir remains off the State Department's terror watch list, and it is free to host the Khilafah Conference and any other event like it.,2933,533525,00.html

    In waging jihad against America and the world, having American protection is a huge asset for terrorists.

    The call for Khilafah 2007-2008 Hizbut Tahrir

  • LindaRivera

    U.S. EMPOWERS Global JIHAD. TERRORIST Camps in America

    Terrorist Camps in America
    By Jamie Glazov | February 03, 2009

    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Ryan Mauro, the founder of

    FP: We’re here today to discuss “Homegrown Jihad: Terrorist Camps Around U.S.,” the new documentary being released by the Christian Action Network.

    “Muslims of America” is a group set up by Gilani to act as a thinly-veiled front for Jamaat ul-Fuqra. There are at least 35 “Muslims of America” compounds in the U.S. alone, along with at least 3,000 members, many of which have criminal backgrounds.

    Gilani: “We are fighting to destroy the enemy. We are dealing with evil at its roots and its roots are in America”, “Jews are an example of human Satans,” and “Act like you are a friend, then kill him”

    FP: What sort of terrorism has Jamaat ul-Fuqra been involved in?

    Mauro: Members of the group have carried out at least 17 firebombings and 10 assassinations, including stabbing a moderate Muslim cleric to death, bombing a power station, killing police officers, and attacks on Hindus. In 1991, five members were involved in a plot to bomb a Hindu temple and an Indian-owned cinema near Toronto; in 1993, one member was involved in the World Trade Center bombing; and five were involved in the massive “Day of Terror” plot aimed at bombing various buildings in New York in 1993.

    Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped on the way to meeting with Sheikh Gilani in Pakistan.

    A September 2004 report by the National White Collar Crime Center said that “Members of the Fuqra group have raised money by taking advantage of a variey of social services programs, including worker’s compensation, public health care, welfare, and food stamps programs. Other crimes committed by Fuqra members include the creation and use of false identification cards, birth certificates, and other forged documents…” The report also confirms that Fuqra is recruiting criminals and describes them as “one of the most elusive terrorist groups resident in the U.S.”

    FP: Why doesn’t the government shut down these compounds?

    Mauro: There are a few reasons. The first is that Jamaat ul-Fuqra is not designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department.…

    G-D help Israel, America and the Free World! THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A WAR ON TERROR!

    The Free World has no defender.

    Council on American-Islamic Relations: “Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” – Omar Ahmad (CAIR co-founder).

    Addressing a youth session at the 1999 Islamic Association for Palestine's annual convention in Chicago, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) founder Omar Ahmad praised suicide bombers who “kill themselves for Islam,”

  • jackbelias

    As a native of the state of Maine I have the same question. So far they have proven to the most sacred of immigrant cows. They can do whatever they want, the rule of law just stops dead before the somali community.

    They start fights and riot against American indians and whites, then claim to be victims of hate after the event is over. The retarded US government under Clinton, Bush, and Obama just takes their word for it everytime even if the evidence proves the scene to be instigated by the “victims”. They refuse to live with African Americans as they see themselves as some sort of master race. Upon moving to Maine they decided not to share with indians, whites, asians, etc… Big surprise right?

    Housing discrimination is now a rule of thumb for all not somali in Maine. The feds will pay big to house somalis so landlords will terminate existing leases or refuse to renew them in hopes of getting a somali family living on the dole. This allows them to raise rents and recieve the money on time every time thanks to the retard govt. The hard working Americns displaced by this are forgotten about and ignored forever. Multiculturism is big bucks, human rights never had anything to do with the equation.

    Maine was among the safest states in the union before the somalis came. We didnt have a serious street gang problem or violent crime rate to speak of before the federal govt sent them to destroy us.

  • BS77

    Because it means revoking visas and even citizenship….it means arresting and deporting people and the cry baby liberals will not do that. Ask your
    COngressman why the US allows millions of unskilled, non English speaking people to enter the US when millions of US citizens are out of work?

  • JohnnyRat

    Here in Columbus, OH it is almost as bad. The city's website has three languages on it, English, Spanish and Somali. The north side of the city is being over run by Somalis. Estimates are that there are 70,000 + of them here. I am so sick of them I have begun to take photos of every one of them I encounter. In the grocery, in the auto parts store, in the mall anywhere. I am going to make them feel uncomfortable. I am not sneaky about it, I just whip out my Nikon and snap a photo before they know what hit them. I then say something to the effect, just in case anything happens, I can show the authorities your picture.

  • idviking

    Could someone please explain to me how the pursuit of jihad against non-Muslims is not the religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing? Why do genocidal hate crimes by Islamic extremist unequivocally produce excuses for the murderers (Ft. Hood being a prime example of this) and willful absence of interest in connecting the murder to the religion? Are we so hampered by the illusion of racism that we are willing to sanction murder for political correctness?
    The Somali issue in in Minnesota is a microcosm of a much larger problem. Ignoring the danger of Sharia law and the refusal to acknowledge that it is incompatible philosophically and morally with our republic.

  • bushlikesdick12

    we let you and your family in– and your a racist.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Because Horowitz contributers have nothing to gain from that bit of information.

    That would be too difficult to twist into something that could be construed as unfair to Jews and conservatives….

  • bushlikesdick12

    For the same reason why we have Jewish communities– think about it

  • Havoc

    Jewish communities are harmless – no, make that beneficial to our nation.  Somali communities are a rash to the ass.   When America comes to its senses, we will deport all of them.   Think about it.

  • BS77

    You never let anyone in….and it's “you're” not “your”, dumbo. I am not a racist…but I do support our laws and regulations concerning immigration. Your handle tells everyone what you are about. Low IQ liberal.

  • LindaRivera

    WHY are Ohio Authorities Acting as if America is a MUSLIM NATION where non-Muslims have no rights?

    Terrified 17-year-old Rifqa Bary who fled from being honor killed by her family must NEVER be returned to her parents in Ohio! Never sent back to Sri Lanka! Rifqa left Islam and the punishment for leaving Islam is death!

    Ohio authorities to whom Rifqa has been returned from Florida where she fled for safety, are punishing frightened Rifqa – not allowing her to use the internet or use the phone! Secretly holding hearings and deliberately isolating this young girl from her friends and the many people who are deeply concerned about her safety and want to help her.

    A hearing has been set for Dec. 22nd for the charges filed against Rifqa by her parents for being “unruly” and ungovernable”. It is NOT allowed to leave Islam!

    Ohio state has filed no charges against Rifqa's father for his beatings of Rifqa. Has the law been eliminated against parents beating their children, or has the law been re-written that the law applies to everyone except Muslims?

    Why are Ohio authorities acting as if America is a Muslim country???

    Rifqa Bary: Sharia in America

  • LindaRivera

    British police and the organizations in Britain who help victims such as Rifqa, would be shocked and horrified at Ohio, American authorities' cruel treatment of Rifqa.

    Ending the silence on 'honour killing'
    I wish I could get involved with the support groups and help but you know, I'm just a coward.”

    Having first walked out of an abusive marriage at the age of 17 and then from a hostile family who had had a meeting to discuss whether or not she should die, Zena does not lack courage but she is still very scared.
    She has every reason to be. Her Bangladeshi-born mother had suggested that Zena might be allowed to poison herself rather than be murdered for bringing shame on the family.

    “I'm sorry to be so cloak-and-dagger but you never know what they might be capable of, I know there are plenty of young men who would love to play bounty hunter just for a bit of kudos in the community.”

    Police estimate at least 12 are dying each year in the UK but others will be hidden – forced suicides and murders made to look like suicide are widely believed to take place undetected. Women aged 16-24 from Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds are three times more likely to kill themselves than the national average for that age and it is impossible to tell what pressures some must have been under.

    When it opened its helpline in April 2008, Karma Nirvana received 4,000 calls in the first year and is now taking 300 calls a month from people under threat of honour-based violence, often linked to forced marriage.

    After the government's forced marriage unit was set up in April last year, it received 5,000 calls and rescued 400 victims in the first six months.

    They also face being hunted down, said Detective Chief Inspector Gerry Campbell of the Metropolitan police. “It's not uncommon to have bounty hunters out hunting down young people who have left forced marriages or fled from a family where they are at risk. It's rare for [one person] to take unilateral action, it's all done in consultation and there is logistical support and collusion in the extended community,” he said.

    …Banaz Mahmod, who made contact with police five times to say she thought her life was in danger but always drew back from pressing charges. Banaz, 19, a Kurd, was murdered by family members at her home in Mitcham, Surrey, in 2006.

    She had been raped and beaten by the older man she had been forced to marry, and had left him. Her elder sister, Bekhal, had also left home to escape their father's violence and the extended family was beginning to regard Mahmod Mahmod as a man who had lost control of his daughters. The shame became so unbearable that he held a meeting to discuss killing his daughter and her new boyfriend.

    “I'm confident that no victim will ever be turned away in London and that officers know that to do nothing is not an option.

    “Honour is about a collection of practices used by the family to control behaviour, to prevent perceived shame, but there's no honour in murder, rape, or kidnapping and with 25% of the [cases] we are seeing involving a person under 18: this is a child abuse issue too. The simple message is: If you do this you will be caught and brought to justice.

    The behaviour of women seen to have dishonoured their families can be as harmless as wearing make-up or talking to boys. One suspected murder is believed to have been caused by a girl having a love song dedicated to her on a community radio show.

    Diana Nammi, who runs the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation in London: For someone to be killed for their make-up or clothes or having a boyfriend or for refusing to accept a forced marriage is so brutal and unacceptable.

    In Pakistan the practice of honour killing – called karo-kari – sees more than 10,000 women die each year.

    For Zena, she has her life but does not have her freedom. “When I first ran away I would go to the library and read loads of spy books to pick up tips. You have to teach yourself how to best keep hidden,” she said. “My life is about keeping a very low profile now and about looking over my shoulder, but at least I know I am alive and I grieve for those poor girls who are not.”

  • Mappy

    America is at war with Islamic Terrorism. Until there is a way to seperate and Identify Extremists, no more should be allowed to immigrate to this country. The problem is, we are a country run by a bunch of fools, who think if you are polite it changes the fact that you are an infidel. They cannot imagine that someone actually wants them dead. Am I a racist? No, I am an American.
    We need a President that will stand up and tell the American people “We are not at war w/ Islamic Terrorists, we are at war with Islam!” Until that day comes, we dig our own graves.

  • Elizabeth

    You are absolutely correct! Unfortunately, most Americans are not like us (aware of what is going on) and want only to enjoy their comfortable lives. No wonder the Bible calls us sheep! By the time the majority of Americans wake up to who/what the real enemy is, it will be too late. We do need a President who will tell the American people that we are at war with Islam, but I wonder who that person is. In all fairness to Obama, Bush continued to allow Muslims to immigrate here, while sending our young men and women to fight Islam overseas. It is insanity and the insanity continues…