Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Islamic State’s suspected inroads into America

By Adam Goldman, Jia Lynn Yang and John Muyskens, WashPost
Updated December 18, 2015

Federal prosecutors have charged 73 men and women around the country in connection with the Islamic State. So far, 22 have been convicted. Men outnumber women in those cases by about 6 to 1. The average age of the individuals is 26. One is a minor. The FBI says that, in a handful of cases, it has disrupted plots targeting U.S. military or law enforcement personnel.

Minnesota
  • 8 Pending
  • 3 Convicted
Abdiwali Nur Minneapolis
  • Charged: Nov. 24, 2014 | Age when charged: 20
  • According to the criminal complaint, Nur became "much more religious," talking about how his family needed to pray more. He boarded a flight for Turkey and told someone on Facebook that he had gone "to the brothers."
Abdullahi Yusuf Minneapolis
  • Charged: Nov. 24, 2014 | Age when charged: 18
  • Yusuf was asssociated with a former Minnesota resident now believed to be fighting in Syria, according to the U.S. government. His parents didn't know he had purchased a plane ticket to Istanbul. After his father drove him to school, he left for the airport, where FBI agents stopped him.
Yusra Ismail St. Paul, Minn.
  • Charged: Dec. 2, 2014 | Age when charged: 20
  • Ismail, an ethnic Somali, was a shy Muslim woman who told her family she was going to a friend's bridal shower, according to Minnesota Public Radio. Instead, she had stolen a friend's passport and called days later to tell her family she was in Syria. "We hope she pops up randomly and tells us it was a prank," a sister said to MPR.
Hamza Naj Ahmed Minneapolis
  • Charged: Feb. 4, 2015 | Age when charged: 19
  • Ahmed was among a group of Minnesotans accused of trying to join the Islamic State. He was stopped at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York before he boarded a plane to Istanbul, said the FBI.
Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman Minneapolis
  • Charged: April 20, 2015 | Age when charged: 19
  • Abdurahman was part of a group of six Minnesota men who planned to travel to Syria in order to assist ISIS.
Adnan Abdihamid Farah Minneapolis
  • Charged: April 20, 2015 | Age when charged: 19
  • Farah, who attempted to travel to Syria, told his mother that he wanted to study in China after high school and so he obtained a passport, which his parents then kept from him for fear he would disappear, according to government documents.
Hanad Mustafe Musse Minneapolis
  • Charged: April 20, 2015 | Age when charged: 19
  • Musse, along with three others, attempted to reach Syria by first taking a Greyhound bus from Minneapolis to New York City, and then flying to Europe.
Guled Ali Omar Minneapolis
  • Charged: April 20, 2015 | Age when charged: 20
  • Omar planned to leave the United States to join ISIS, the government alleges, and withdrew $5,000 in cash in the weeks up to his attempted departure.
Abdirahman Yasin Daud Minneapolis
  • Charged: April 20, 2015 | Age when charged: 21
  • Daud was among the group of six Minnesota men trying to reach Syria to fight for ISIS. A witness called to testify on Daud's behalf said she had known him since he was an eighth-grader and that he was "an extremely calm person" who always walked away from conflicts on the basketball court, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
Mohamed Abdihamid Farah Minneapolis
  • Charged: April 20, 2015 | Age when charged: 21
  • Farah, together with a group of other Minnesota men, allegedly tried to reach Syria to join ISIS. Farah attempted to use a fake passport, saying, "The American identity is dead. Even if I get caught, I'm whatever ... I'm through with America. Burn my ID," according to the government.
Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame Eagan, Minn.
  • Charged: Dec. 10, 2015 | Age when charged: 20
(More here.)

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