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  Posted 16 February 2019 - 03:32 PM

How Minneapolis' Somali Community Became The Terrorist Recruitment Capital Of The US

Fox News
By Hollie McKay
16 February 2019

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country.

FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled.

In the case of the Somalis, it's no longer just the men. Early last year, a female was apprehended by authorities on charges of supporting providing material support to Al Qaeda and arson.

So what has made the area such a hotbed for such activity? And what has been Rep. Ilhan Omar's record in addressing the issue - either before she was elected, or since?

The answers matter because federal authorities say they remain "highly concerned" about the terrorist connection with the Minneapolis Somalis - even though al-Shabab is struggling against the Somali government, and the so-called ISIS “caliphate” has crumbled under a sustained U.S.-led military campaign.

“We are very conscious that there may still be fertile ground for that, and that is could re-start at any time," one federal official told Fox News. "Based on historical experience, we had (an uptick) in 2007 and 2008 going for al-Shabab, then a lull. Then, as ISIS came back, we saw a whole bunch of people no longer headed for Somalia. They were headed for Iraq and Syria. That really caught us off-guard, we didn’t see that coming. It didn’t make sense to us. We understood why kids were going back to Somalia, but going to Syria was another we issue.”

With by far the largest Somali American population in the United States - estimates of up to 100,000 - the insular ethnic community in Minnesota offers a rich recruiting ground. Investigators told Fox News that early on, al-Shabab recruiting was almost exclusively word-of-mouth. One family connection to a contact in the terrorist group would be pulled in as a recruit, in a process that was repeated as the ranks of the al-Shabab grew.

But that chain seemingly changed when ISIS came on the scene around 2014. Personal connections still played a part, but it became much more about digesting online recruitment videos and turning to “alternative news sources,” which played into violence being committed against Muslims around the world.

“Recruitment takes place online as well as face-to-face radicalization, sometimes with promises of what appears to be legitimate opportunities. For al-Shabab, they focus mainly on the negative impact of US counterterrorism policies – like targeted assassinations and drone strikes that sometimes kill innocent civilians in Somalia – to attract recruits and sympathizers,” explained David Otto, director and counterterrorism program coordinator at Global Risk International. “They blame the failures of government on foreign intervention and link it to the reason why most Somalians have escaped home. The promise that al-Shabaab will restore a Sharia state and get rid of the government is somewhat attractive.”

The first tide of jihadists left in 2007, under the banner of joining al-Shabab after neighboring Ethiopia invaded Somalia a year earlier, citing its own need to face the direct threat encroaching their borders from within that unstable country.

Since then, some 23 men from the Twin Cities allegedly made it to the Horn of Africa, specifically to take up arms with al-Shabab. At least two became suicide bombers, and an estimated seven more are believed to have died on the battlefield.

"For over a decade, Islamist terror groups have been able to recruit from Minnesota. This is, in part, because Minnesota has a large Muslim population compared to other parts of the U.S,” said Robin Simcox, a terrorism and national security expert at The Heritage Foundation. “However, it is also because there have been small segments of the Somali community there that have struggled to integrate into the U.S. Al-Shabaab and ISIS have exploited this – upon religious, political cultural and identity issues to offer a compelling alternative to Western democracy.”

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 03:53 PM

It's obvious the terrorists successfully recruited at least one female who is now a member of congress.

Oh, she is also a progressive/socialist.
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Posted 16 February 2019 - 05:51 PM

View PostCoach, on 16 February 2019 - 03:53 PM, said:

It's obvious the terrorists successfully recruited at least one female who is now a member of congress.

Oh, she is also a progressive/socialist.


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 08:27 AM

How can they not be terrorist? They grew up in a war ravaged land, they know nothing but terrorism all their lives. The next generation will be just as violent if not more. As Wilkow says. You cannot bring that over here and not have here become like it was over there. They know violence, nothing more and live in a religious fervor that treats life like it is nothing.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 10:03 AM

I really would like someone tell me how you can be a good Muslim and also a good American citizen. Their belief system is the antithesis of all that America stands for.Independence, freedom, self reliance, self determination, etc. Personally I believe Islam is Satanism thinly veiled. My Lord said the tree is known by the fruit that it bares. This murderous desert death cult is all about oppression and murder.

Every Muslim allowed in is a cancer that will continue to metastasize till it's host is dead. We will witness Europe fall before us.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 04:56 PM

View PostHolland25, on 17 February 2019 - 10:03 AM, said:

I really would like someone tell me how you can be a good Muslim and also a good American citizen. Their belief system is the antithesis of all that America stands for.Independence, freedom, self reliance, self determination, etc. Personally I believe Islam is Satanism thinly veiled. My Lord said the tree is known by the fruit that it bares. This murderous desert death cult is all about oppression and murder.

Every Muslim allowed in is a cancer that will continue to metastasize till it's host is dead. We will witness Europe fall before us.



God Bless ya. You tell it as it is !
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