Last night we reported on the peripatetic mujahideen of Calgary. Today we focus on another North American hotbed of jihad, this one a little to the south and a thousand miles to the east of Calgary. Since Minneapolis is the headquarters for the Minnesota jihad, it’s no surprise that many of the participants are Somalis.
Below is the latest newsletter from the Minneapolis chapter of ACT! for America.
“The FBI says more Somali travelers have left Minnesota, possibly to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria. Investigators believe those who left Minnesota were motivated by radical ideology, not nationalism.” (h/t Denise) Watch the video cliip and read more: FBI: Somalis leaving Minnesota to fight in Syria — KMSP-TV
Westerners flocking to join jihadist groups in Syria are a growing concern for Western intelligence agencies — and U.S. intelligence officials in particular.
National security officials worry about what happens when these people return home from the battlefield.
This raises our concern that radicalized individuals with extremist contacts and battlefield experience could return to their home countries to commit violence or participate in al-Qaida-directed plots aimed at Western targets outside of Syria,” Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NTC), told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in March.
According to the sister of one of the missing men, Mohamed Nur,
“ … one day he told us that there is a sheik who took him to another mosque in Minnesota and that was the time when our brother has completely changed.” Which mosque was that? Does anyone know? Does anyone care? Is the FBI looking into what is being taught at that mosque, and at the possibility that Abdi Mohamed Nur was influenced more than his sister knows by what he learned of the Qur’an at the mosque in Carmelo? Or are such inquiries “Islamophobic”?
ACT! for America
Minneapolis Chapter Coordinator
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