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Somali terror group linked to Al Qaeda Recruited 21 Young Muslims in Minnesota

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This is one of the very issues that Representative Peter King was addressing in his first hearings on Islamic extremism, and he was raked over the coals by the leftist/Islamic machine in the media and in the cultural discourse.

Fifth column Muslim Brotherhood-tied Congressman Hakim Muhammad (aka Keith Ellison) said at the time that Somali-Americans who complained about interference from organized Islamic supremacist groups were simply trying to "diss" the Muslim community in Minneapolis.

In his speech, Ellison expressed similar disdain for Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali American from Minneapolis who also testified. Bihi's teenage nephew Burhan Hassan was shot to death in Somalia in June 2009. Burhan was one of at least 20 Somali men and teenage boys from the Twin Cities area who have traveled to Somalia since 2007 to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabaab. The "only reason" Bihi was invited to testify was "because he's willing to diss the Somali and Muslim community in Minneapolis," Ellison said.

As part of his testimony, Bihi described how Islamic leaders discouraged people from cooperating with the investigation into the missing men. This is Hamas-linked CAIR practice as well. They hold conferences urging Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. According to Bihi, talking to the FBI could get you sent to GITMO. And there are consequences in the afterlife: you'll be damned with "eternal fire and hell."

 

Watch his testimony at Rep. King's hearing here.

Somali terror group linked to Al Qaeda 'recruited 21 men in Minnesota'

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 7:01 AM on 16th July 2011

A Somali terror group has allegedly recruited more than 20 young men from Minnesota to fight against the Ethopian army.

Details of how a carefully-organised Islamist cell raised money, created fake itineraries and held secret meetings have emerged ahead of the trial of one suspected leader.

Omer Abdi Mohamed, 26, is one of 18 men charged with recruiting young Somalis from Minneapolis to join terror group al-Shabab, which has links to Al Qaeda.

Recruitment: Prosecutors say a Minnesota cell arranged to send local Somalis to fight for the Al Qaeda-inspired al-Shabab group

Recruitment: Prosecutors say a Minnesota cell arranged to send local Somalis to fight for the Al Qaeda-inspired al-Shabab group

Since 2007, at least 21 men have left Minnesota for Somalia, where they arrived at safehouses and were given AK-47s and weapons training, court documents claim, before fighting Ethiopian troops.

Back in Minnesota, members of the cell raised money for their trip by duping the Somali community into thinking the cash was to give aid to their home country.

Mohamed never travelled to Somalia, but he is accused of helping others who did. His lawyer has dismissed the allegations as ridiculous.

Peter Wold said: 'Omer was never involved in terrorism. It certainly stirs the public sentiment to suggest that, but it is not part of this case, not a part of Omer, and that will be abundantly clear.'

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a socialist dictator and then turned on each other, causing chaos in the African nation of about seven million people.

In 2006, Ethiopian soldiers occupied parts of Somalia and an Islamic militant group called al-Shabab fought against them.

Terror group: Prosecutors have charged 18 men in Minneapolis with helping to send young Somalis to fight with al-Shabab against the Ethiopians

Terror group: Prosecutors have charged 18 men in Minneapolis with helping to send young Somalis to fight with al-Shabab against the Ethiopians

The U.S. declared al-Shabab a terrorist organisation in early 2008.

Officials had long suspected the group had ties to Al Qaeda, but it was not confirmed until 2010, when al-Shabab officially aligned itself with the terror group.

According to prosecutors, from September 2007, Mohamed and others conspired to raise money to send men to Somalia so they could oust the Ethiopians with violence.

Others were also recruited to the cause. The group held meetings at mosques and restaurants, and took measures to keep things secretive.

Prosecutors said: 'The defendant and his conspirators strove to keep the plan secret, reminding members not to discuss it with anyone outside of the conspiracy, and policing entry into the group.

Mohamed and the other 17 men who have been charged allegedly went to malls and apartments, falsely telling members of the Somali community they were raising money to build a mosque or help relief efforts in their home country.

Read the rest here.

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