As the U.S. continues its battle with the Islamic State (ISIS), some American recruits were recently caught while attempting to board a flight and have been charged.
In the latest ISIS-related and Syria news, these men were attempting to travel to the country from San Diego, California, in November of last year. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been tracking the men’s activities prior to their departures to join ISIS.
One of the potential recruits’ name is Guled Ali Omar. During May, 2014, the FBI noticed suspicious activity within his bank accounts. While influenced by the Islamic State, the man possibly would have gone through with his flight plans had it not been for his family, who intervened on his ISIS-related endeavors, according to the Associated Press.
“The Minnesota man emptied his bank accounts last May and planned to fly to Syria via San Diego, federal officials say, but his family confronted him and he set his plans aside. In November, officials say, he tried to board a flight in Minneapolis, but was stopped by the FBI.
Even while under investigation, authorities say, Omar and five other men kept trying to make their way to Syria, coming up with a plot to secure false passports.”
The ISIS report goes on to mention that Omar is only one of six men involved in ISIS in their Minnesota Somali community. But they have all been charged with undisclosed terrorism offenses. The same news medium reports on the Islamic State men as follows.
“The Minnesota men charged on Monday were identified as Omar, 20; brothers Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, and Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; and Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19.
All six are of Somali descent. Daud is a permanent resident, and Guled is a naturalized citizen. The others were born in the U.S.”
It turns out that two of the men actually went to San Diego to retrieve fake documents so they could get out of the country, still. As reported, the plans were to get those documents, then cross into Mexico. From there, they planned to fly to Syria.
The U.S. Attorney in Minnesota, Andy Luger, said that one member of the close-knit community actually did travel to Syria in May, 2014. He, then, started “ISIS” recruiting others from the state. The attorney elaborates further on who might be key influencers, right under your nose.
“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 ISIS.
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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