Several Somali American men were charged by federal officials on Monday after a 10-month investigation into their alleged efforts to join Islamic State terrorists overseas.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested six men in Minneapolis and San Diego who officials said tried to provide support to leaders of Islamic State terror cells.
Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Adnan Farah, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were arrested in Minneapolis. Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 21, and Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, were arrested in San Diego after driving from Minneapolis.
Daud and Farah were planning to pick up passports and then cross into Mexico, where they would board a flight to the Middle East, federal authorities said Monday.
It would be interesting to find out who their point man was in Mexico, especially regarding those passports.
In a lighter mode, Paco Almaraz poked fun (in Spanish) at the jihadists-to-be:
In other jihadists news, the Gitmo alumni now in Uruguay aspire to graduate into moochers:
Former Guantánamo detainees protest in Uruguay to demand aid from US
Refugees who were given shelter in Uruguay after being detained and tortured have been protesting outside US embassy for days with calls for living assistance
“We want to speak with the Americans,” Adel Bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, a Tunisian, told the Guardian. “We are in this situation here in Uruguay because of them: they sent us here. We want to receive help from the American government: a house, a job, money for our everyday costs, like food, clothes, transport and such day-to-day expenses.”
Adel Bin Muhammad El Ouerghi is also named Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy in some reports.
You may want to play the World’s Smallest Violin while reading The Guardian article.
The Gitmo Six reportedly have turned down job offers and dropped out of Spanish language lessons.