In April of this year, Western Journalism reported that six Somalian born men were arrested in Minnesota for attempting to leave their homes in United States, and join ISIS.
The investigation began in 2014 when a group of five men, Guled Omar, Hanad Musse, Zacharia Abdurahman, Mohamed Farah, and Hamza Ahmed, attempted to leave the U.S. but were prevented from doing so.
Investigators then began to record the conversations between the men. The recordings revealed that after having been prevented from leaving, they began to plan their exit through Mexico and then on to Syria. Omar, the group’s then leader, and five others were arrested after recordings by undercover informants confirmed that the group was attempting to join ISIS.
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Now, the Minnesota dragnet has turned up another member of the suspected jihadists attempting to leave the United States to join ISIS in Syria. Not only is the man accused of attempting to join ISIS, but of encouraging others to do so. Ironically, Abdirizak Warsame, 20, was working as a security guard when he was arrested on Wednesday and charged with providing material support to ISIS. Specifically, Warsame was providing money for passports and putting recruits in touch with ISIS contacts.
Warsame was overheard in one of the recordings as saying that if a recruit is successful in joining ISIS, that hundreds, possibly thousands of others will go because of the recruit’s “inspiration.”
Three of the original five ISIS sympathizers have already pleaded guilty to charges, and the others are awaiting trial set to begin in May of 2016.
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