Americans Slip from Minnesota to Somali Terror Group: FBI

Lee Ferran et al., ABC News, October 31, 2012

Young American men continue to slip through a terrorist recruiting pipeline from the homeland to join the ranks of jihadists half a world away in East Africa, with two going as recently as three months ago, according to federal officials.

The FBI confirmed a report by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) that in July two young men disappeared from their neighborhoods in Minneapolis and are believed to have traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabaab, the embattled al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group.

Under “Operation Rhino,” for years the FBI has been investigating what has been described as a recruiting pipeline from the Twin Cities, which boast large Somali immigrant populations, to Somalia. Both top U.S. officials and at least one prominent member of al-Shabaab said Americans account for dozens of the terror group’s fighters. A 2011 Congressional report put the number around 40.

“Minnesota represented!” writes American-born rapping jihadist Omar Hammami in an autobiography posted online in May, though he claimed most of the U.S. recruits were already dead. “Those Minnesota brother[s] have almost all left their mark on the [jihad] and most have received martyrdom, while the rest are still waiting.”


Earlier this month some details about how exactly young men are recruited for jihad emerged during the federal trial of a man who was convicted of recruiting more than 20 fighters for al-Shabaab in America in 2007, according to The Associated Press.

At the trial of Mahamud Said Omar, three former recruits who had survived their trip to Somalia only to return to the U.S. testified that they were talked into fighting by charismatic, devout older men who promised paradise for those who died in combat against “invaders.”

Al-Shabaab has suffered several recent defeats at the hands of African military forces and lost its final urban stronghold in Somalia earlier this month. But Western and Somali security experts told ABC News they are concerned such defeats may tempt the terror group into abandoning insurgency in Somalia for a renewed focus on international terrorism.


During Congressional testimony in January, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listed al-Shabaab as one of the most significant terror threats to the homeland, in part due to a “foreign fighter cadre that includes U.S. passport holders . . .  [who] may have aspirations to attack inside the United States.”


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  • Puggg

    “Somalians Slip from Minnesota to Somali Terror Group.”

    There, I fixed it.

  • IstvanIN

    1) They are not “American”.
    2) We are better off if they leave.

    •  Yes, that’s really the greatest and most disgusting lie isn’t it, that these African Somalians are labeled Americans. 

    • JackKrak

      Wait – didn’t they come to America to “do jobs Americans won’t do”? Or was it to enrich dull, dreary Minnesota with their “dynamism”? You know – that same “dynamism” that has made Somalia the bustling center of commerce, ideas and creativity that it’s famous for.

      • IstvanIN

         They are actually imported, they are not migrants.

  • Old Right

    Well, look at the bright side. At least they’re leaving Minnesota and moving to Somalia. As long as they’re gone from here and not a threat to us any longer, I really don’t care why.

    Maybe someone can come up with a viable plan to encourage the rest of them to move back?

  • Jeremy Johnson

    It pains me to see these Somali terrorist scum classified as “Americans”.  Americans are the descendants of British settlers who rebelled against the Crown, and forged a frontier nation amongst hostile Indian tribes.  Just because these terrs have a piece of paper calling them an American, it doesn’t mean that they’re American by blood.

  • Barrack Osama

    Great news.

  • These invaders have been specially brought here to destroy Traditional America:

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two volunteer poll workers at an Ohio voting station told Human Events that they observed van loads of Ohio residents born in Somalia — the state is home to the second-largest Somali population in the United States — being driven to the voting station and guided by Democratic interpreters on the voting process. No Republican interpreters were present, according to these volunteers.

    Ohio being a state needed to prevent a democrat president, is there no wonder that the second largest Somali population is used to deconstruct a formerly Traditional American state?

  • These dregs are in no way “American,” and never will be no matter what this government says.  They are Africans living in America.

  • Athling

    There was a time not too long ago when people were completely associated with their geographic homelands. For instance, if you heard someone say, “Mr. Jones is from England,” this immediately told you many things about Mr. Jones. You knew his race, ethnicity, language, likely religious beliefs, cultural habits, and so on.

    Not so today with the multiracial “Diversity is our God” globalization. What I call the Babylon Effect. The Ministers of Inclusion have worked very hard for all this raceless, open-borders psychosis. Now we need mugshots to identify who people are.

    • Names can still be useful. Names like Shakwanna and DuWayne can alone give you an accurate indication of a person’s duskiness. Just as one like Lupe and Pepe can.

      I am sick of the US being turned into Brazil north.

  • MerlinV

    Right now we have our hands full with blacks — crime, dependence on Whites for all their needs, etc etc. The last thing we need is to allow another alien group (Muslims) to grow in size and influence.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    The U.S. promises parents they will get a folded American flag if they sacrifice their children to Israel. 

  • What? Deport them?  After we taxpayers all paid ( ) to have these Somali refugees sent to the United States from their homeland?  And gave them housing and clothing and food and welfare and all that?  And even before their kids can apply to college and get affirmative action benefits over us?

    The Somali refugee scam–the mass taxpayer-funded shipment of Somali Muslims to the United States so government agencies can get richer taking care of more poor folk–is easy to get perturbed over and as such, a potential cash cow to sites like Amren and VDARE that will candidly cover it.  If I were advising Amren I would say not to let a day go by without bringing up some article related to the Somali refugee scam–keep our anger fresh, and from that, the donations to the Amren website flowing.