Al Shabab’s American Connection

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A recent suicide bombing by a Somali-American from Minnesota comes on the heels of 18 Somalis charged with recruiting young Somali-American men for al-Shabab, Somalia’s brutal Islamist terror group. Both incidents underscore the growing threat posed by al-Shabab’s pipeline into America’s Somali community.

According to al-Shabab leaders, 25-year-old Somali-American, Abdullahi Ahmed, detonated himself last week in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing two African Union peacekeeping troops in the process.

Ahmed was one of 20 Somali-Americans from Minnesota who disappeared in 2007. At the time, all of the men were suspected of having gone to Somalia to join al-Shabab in its fight against Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Now, that question has been confirmed with the recent indictment of the 18 Somali men, 14 from Minnesota, charged with forming a plan to recruit young Somali men from the Minneapolis area to fight alongside al-Shabab.

According to one of the defendants, Omer Adbi-Mohamed, the Minnesota portion of the terror plot began around September 2007, when the conspirators formulated a recruitment plan that included such logistical issues as travel, use of safe houses, and weapons training. The men then solicited funds for the operation from the Minneapolis Somali community by telling people they were raising money to help relief efforts in Somalia.

Then in early 2008, Minnesota’s jihadist recruits were sent to an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia and provided further weapons training and indoctrination. Their first assignment upon graduation from the terror camp was to ambush a group of African Union peacekeeping soldiers. That assault was videotaped and made into a propaganda video that included one of the Minneapolis men making a speech in which he encouraged more Somalis to join their jihad.

Apparently, some of the American recruits proved more suitable as human explosives. While Abdullahi Ahmed was the latest human bomb, two other Minnesota Somalis suffered the same fates. They included Shirwa Ahmed, the first US citizen to undertake a suicide bombing, who killed himself and 22 others in a suicide attack in October 2008.

Minnesota’s Somali community of 30,000 — the largest in the United States — has become the epicenter of an ongoing federal investigation into its ties to al-Shabab. Prior to the indictment of the 18 Somali men was the arrest in April 2011 of two Somali women from Minnesota, Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan.

Both women have been charged with raising funds for al-Shabab through fraudulent appeals to the Somali community in which they requested funds they said were intended for humanitarian purposes, but which were instead transmitted to al-Shabab in Somalia.

However, it should come as little surprise that al-Shabab has an ardent following among some Somali-Americans. A new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center has found Somali-Americans to represent 31 percent of the 57 Americans charged or convicted of Islamic terrorism crimes in the United States and abroad since January 2009.

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  • guest

    How much money was flowing through the Muslim School in MN to them? It was called TIZA.. There were some documents they did not want in court. May be how much money flowed to terrorist groups. (The ACLU sued them, btw)

    What about all these other Muslim schools? What are they doing? Are they paying taxes on the money they pull out of our social systems that is being sent to terrorist groups? Apparently not.

  • StephenD

    Don't know what we have to worry about. CAIR will help us route out these "misunderstanders of the religion of peace." Sure, the FBI knows to remove their shoes when entering a Mosque because CAIR explained this to them. CAIR also is getting all Muslims in America to "cooperate" with law enforcement…pardon me, I just got dizzy from the absurdity of this thought.
    We cannot fight this if we don't name it. Islam is the problem. Enough of the P.C. crap. Call it what it is. Face it. Defeat it. Period.

    I've a friend in Lewiston, Maine where there is a growing Somali community that does not make any bones about not assimilating. They really don't want anything to do with America as we know it so we should invite them to leave, on us, one way.

  • Flipside

    Though Peter King served this nation well during Vietnam by joining the New York National Guard, I don’t think he’s the right man to preside over the Israelization of the United States. Does the United States of Israel need a Boss Tweed in power? I don’t think so. We should really just heed the counsel of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky and Imam Jihad Turk and and stop persecuting Somalis for running yeshivas. That could only lead to intolerance against Jewish yeshivas.

    • Ghostwriter

      Please stop your anti-Jewish tirades,Flipside. They're getting old real fast.

      • Flipside

        It’s supposed to be tiring. Amercans have been forced to exercise their eyes, ears, brains and patience on this obnoxious global race war between Jews and Arabs. Now we have the mental abs to outcrunch you.

        • mah29001

          And you want whitey to be in charge like it was the "good old" days, right?

          • Flipside

            Oooooh. Did you just say Jews are nonwhite?

        • StephenD

          You speak as if you have soooo many on your side when in fact you are a legion of fools. If you stand on a soap box and yell does that mean to you that all who heard you are on your side? From one Non-Jew to another, you are a pest at best. Out crunch that you Dolt.

          • Flipside

            Look what happened to Catholicism when their organization panned out to be a bunch of child molesters. Can you cobble together an army of Catholics faster than you can cobble together a bunch of people on the street who don’t care about Catholicism or even more likely who think Catholicism is a big corrupt racket run by depraved goons? The same goes for Zionism. Either people don’t care about it or they know in short order that it’s that thing where Jews are killing Palestinians in a land grab. Most people don’t stand to benefit by it and just take it as a remote social ill.

          • Ghostwriter

            Wonderful,Flipside. You've bashed both Catholics and Jews in the same paragraph. What ethnic or religious group are you going to attack next? Not every Catholic is a child molester. They were a small group. You've proven to be an idiot more times than I can count.

          • Flipside

            Well, I'm still mad about the fall of Ancient Rome. NEVER FORGET!!!

          • Nick

            The catholic church didn't pan out to be anything but a community of faithful people going about to make a difference in the world. Just because all you do in life is read magazines and believe everything you hear, doesn't mean any of it is true. Don't be saying things you can't even prove or support.

  • Chiggles

    Can we send them home now?

  • Indioviejo

    Our immigration system is broken. The State Department's refugee program is warped, and we still have a lot of blind people all over the nation incapable of facing this threat. What is it going to take?

  • Ali

    We are more them 30,000

    • StephenD

      Who are "WE?" Do you mean folks that want to assimilate into the American way of life? Do you mean folks that want their children to know that they live in a land with a Constitutional Law and not Sharia? A place that holds dear personal freedom and responsibility and not one where they can hide behind fatalistic statements like "if it be Allahs will?" A place that, for a while longer, views humans as equal regardless of their belief system or GENDER? Is that what you have 30,000 of?
      Or are you telling us that you ARE separate and apart from us…by choice?