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Justice Department To Unseal New Indictments Related To 'Jihadi Pipeline'

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested more than a dozen Somali-Americans in two cities, as part of a sweeping investigation into the recruitment of young men for a terrorist group in Somalia, sources familiar with the investigation told NPR.

The people arrested are thought to have recruited and raised money for a group called al-Shabab.

The Department of Justice has scheduled a news conference later today, at which it plans to provide new details on the long-running investigation.

Initially, young men had disappeared from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Now, according to NPR's Dina Temple-Raston, there is evidence young men were recruited from a number of U.S. cities, including San Diego, California, and Columbus, Ohio.

Omar Hammami, a young American from Alabama, featured in an Internet recruiting video, will be among the indicted, a source familiar with the investigation said.

So far, 14 people have been indicted or arrested in connection with what amounts to a jihadi pipeline that funnels would-be jihadists to al-Shabab, which is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations.

Today's announcement will double that number.