Mid­west men held in Is­lamic State case

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - By Kur­tis Lee kur­tis.lee@la­times.com

Six So­mali Amer­i­can men were charged Mon­day with con­spir­ing to sup­port a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, af­ter a 10-month fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Amer­i­can re­cruits try­ing to join Is­lamic State mil­i­tants over­seas.

The FBI’s Joint Ter­ror­ism Task Force ar­rested six men in Min­neapo­lis and San Diego on Sun­day who of­fi­cials said tried to pro­vide sup­port to lead­ers of Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist cells.

Zacharia Yusuf Ab­du­rah­man, 19; Ad­nan Farah, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were ar­rested in Min­neapo­lis. Ab­di­rah­man Yasin Daud, 21, and Mo­hamed Ab­di­hamid Farah, 21, were ar­rested in San Diego af­ter driv­ing from Min­neapo­lis.

Daud and Mo­hamed Farah were plan­ning to pick up pass­ports and cross into Mex­ico, where they would board a flight to the Mid­dle East, au­thor­i­ties said.

“Th­ese men were in­tent on join­ing ter­ror­ists,” said U.S. Atty. An­drew M. Luger in Min­nesota.

In var­i­ous in­stances over 10 months, the men tried to ar­range over­seas flights from Min­neapo­lis and John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New York, where they then planned to even­tu­ally make their way into Syria, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint filed by Luger’s of­fice.

In one con­ver­sa­tion men­tioned in the af­fi­davit, Farah dis­cussed go­ing to San Diego. “We gotta be smart, brother. We can’t make dumb de­ci­sions like we al­ways do.”

Over the last two years, more than 20 Amer­i­cans from the Min­neapo­lis area have trav­eled over­seas to fight along­side mil­i­tants un­der the Is­lamic State ban­ner, ac­cord­ing to the FBI.

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