Minnesota ISIS Arrest: Six Comrades Charged With Terrorism
Six friends were charged with terrorism for conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization believed to be the ISIS. The men charged were identified as Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.
The six men arrested were Somali-Americans, friends among each other, according to the authorities. The six Minnesota men are found to have met discreetly as they planned to travel to Syria by flying from Minneapolis, San Diego or New York City.
Two of the men were arrested in San Diego with the intention to cross into Mexico, U-T San Diego reported. According to a special agent in charge of FBI’s Minneapolis Division, the pair drove from Minneapolis to San Diego with fake passports.
The six men are the latest to be arrested and charged from Minnesota in the latest crackdown against the recruitment of Westerners by ISIS. There has already been a considerable number of Minnesota residents found to have successfully traveled to Syria to fight alongside the terrorist group, according to authorities.
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Of the six arrested, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah and Adnan Abdihamid Farah are brothers. U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andy Luger emphasized the alarming fact that they were not recruited or lured into joining the terrorist group by a “master recruiter.” Instead, what took place is a “peer-to-peer” recruiting. The men served as a support group to each other, unifying and strengthening their goal of traveling to Syria. They helped each other with money and at some point decided to sell a car to raise funds.
“What is remarkable about this case is that nothing stopped these defendants from pursuing their goal. They never stopped plotting another way to get to Syria to join ISIL,” Luger said, as quoted by The Associated Press.
“What this case shows is that the person radicalizing your son, your brother, your friend, may not be a stranger. It may be their best friend, right here in town.”
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