Midwest men held in Islamic State case
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.