Are more Somali refugee “kids” leaving Minnesota for jihad training?
Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 22, 2012
Looks like that may be the case. Not enough taxpayer-funded “programs” to keep them on the right path in America?
Although you did pay for their educations, housing, food and medical care so that they are now big healthy Islamist fighters.
Here is the latest from Minneapolis otherwise known as Little Mogadishu!
From the Associated Press at USA Today (interesting that a more nationally distributed publication is posting the story):
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man recently traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabab, a spokesman for his family said, renewing fears that the terror group is continuing to recruit Somalis living in the U.S. to return to their homeland to fight.
The investigation into al-Shabab’s recruitment of young men has been going on for years, and authorities have never ruled out that more men could be traveling from Minnesota — home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. — to join the terror group. Still, there have been no public reports of travelers from Minnesota since 2009, and the investigation has been largely out of public view for more than a year.
But in recent weeks, some Somalis here have been visited by the FBI and subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury –possible signs that the investigation has picked up. The reasons for the subpoenas were not immediately clear. Authorities would not confirm that additional men have recently traveled to join al-Shabab, and they would not say whether any increased FBI activity is connected to reports of recent departures or to the overall investigation.
But according to a spokesman for his family, 21-year-old Omar Farah left Minneapolis several weeks ago and called his aunt after his departure to say he was in the Somali town of Merca — and that he was with al-Shabab.
We have extensively covered the story of the ‘Somali missing youths‘ since 2008. If you type those words into our search function you can learn more than you ever wanted to know about the budding Jihadists. A short history has been provided by AP:
Since 2008, Minneapolis has been the center of a federal investigation into travels and recruiting of people from the U.S. to train or fight with al-Shabab, which has ties to al-Qaeda and is considered a terror group by the U.S.
Authorities have previously confirmed that more than 20 young men left Minnesota starting as early as 2007. Some of those men have returned to Minnesota and been charged. Four have been confirmed dead by family members or authorities.
E.K. Wilson, the supervisory special agent overseeing the FBI’s investigation in Minneapolis, said he could not confirm whether there have been any recent departures or whether the FBI is currently investigating those reports.
“The whole investigation into recruiting and the departures of Somali kids from the Twin Cities in 2007, 2008 and 2009 is definitely ongoing,” Wilson said. “We’re continuing to look hard at the possibility of continued recruitment and radicalization.”
Just like that Canada story I just posted, the fault is never extremist Islamic teaching in some mosques or the fact that in these huge Somali families headed by single mothers there is no supervision of the kids, instead we are expected to believe it’s a lack of “programs” for the “kids” that is to blame!
He said this week that he believes recruiters are preying upon vulnerabilities of young Somali men who are often without a father figure and looking for a sense of belonging.
“I believe that the root causes of this problem, are a lack of programs for young people,” Bihi said.
Abdirizak Bihi is a good guy. He even had the nerve to testify in Congress, but he can’t possibly believe this!
For new readers: More than 100,000 Somalis have been admitted to the US through the Refugee Resettlement Program of the US State Department, here, and there is no sign of the feds letting up. Minnesota is one of the top destination states for Somalis. This post about why so many Somalis are in Minneapolis is one of our most-read posts here almost daily. In fact, today as I write this, it is our top post.
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