The Somali-Minneapolis Terrorist Axis
November 23, 2009 Prosecutors allege that the suspects provided financial support to young men from the Somali community in Minneapolis to go to Somalia and fight on behalf of al-Shabab, a group on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. Five of the Minnesotans have been killed.
October 14, 2009 Abdow Abdow, a 26-year-old medical technician from St. Paul, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly lying to federal authorities. He was arrested Friday.
October 13, 2009 The FBI has made another arrest in its yearlong investigation into a rash of disappearances from the Somali community in Minnesota. A 26-year-old medical technician from St. Paul was arrested on Friday and charged with making false statements to FBI officials.
September 16, 2009 Earlier this week, U.S. Special Forces killed a man U.S. intelligence said was the link between an Islamic militia in Somalia and al-Qaida in Pakistan. But he also had a connection to the U.S. that has not been reported: He was a senior instructor for new al-Shabab recruits, including a handful of young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis.
August 12, 2009 Kamal Said Hassan pleaded guilty in a Minneapolis court Wednesday to lying to the FBI in connection with a broader case looking into the disappearance of more than two dozen young Somali-Americans from Minnesota over the past two years. It's the third indictment in the case so far.
August 4, 2009 FBI officials are concerned they are seeing the beginning of an informal pipeline that funnels Somali jihadists from the U.S. to terrorist training camps and back to the U.S. to launch an attack. One agent calls it the biggest terrorism investigation in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.
July 29, 2009 Salah Asman Ahmed pleaded guilty Tuesday to providing material support to terrorist organization al-Shabab in Somalia. In his testimony, Ahmed gave the most detailed public account to date of how a bunch of Somali-American youth ended up in a terrorist training camp half a world away from Minnesota.
July 15, 2009 Somali-Americans in Minneapolis are relieved that authorities may be close to revealing who they believe is behind the recruitment of young men from the U.S. into a Somali terrorist group. But "we are scared that the recruiters can be anywhere in our community and we don't know them," says one community leader.
July 13, 2009 The federal indictments charge two men with providing material support to a terrorist organization. These are the first indictments to be unsealed in a broader case involving the disappearance of more than two dozen Somali-Americans from Minnesota over the past two years.
April 14, 2009 Federal agents served warrants on a handful of money transfer businesses around Minneapolis and eastern Missouri last week. People close to the investigation said the searches were related to the disappearance of about two dozen young Somali-American men from the Twin Cities in the past two years.
April 8, 2009 In the past month, al-Qaida has released three videos supporting militant and terrorist groups in Somalia and Sudan, and experts say this is part of a growing body of evidence showing al-Qaida is trying to extend its reach in the Horn of Africa. One of the videos shows a leader speaking English to followers.
March 27, 2009 For months, young Somali men and teenagers have been turning up missing from their homes in Minneapolis. Law enforcement officials have traced them to Somalia, where they are believed to have linked up with a Somali group on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. Now there's word that some of the boys may have returned home.
March 12, 2009 In the past year and a half, about two dozen Somali-American youth disappeared from their homes in MN. The FBI believes the young men were radicalized and recruited here in the U.S., then sent to Somalia. There's concern they'll return to the U.S. to carry out attacks.
March 12, 2009 Young Somali-Americans in Minneapolis have been vanishing over the past year and a half. It's been suspected that the young men have been heading to Somalia. And for the first time, the FBI hinted Wednesday that that was the case. The FBI believes terrorist recruiters are operating in Minnesota and helping young men make their way to the East African nation.
March 11, 2009 Law enforcement officials testifying before Congress on Wednesday said that nearly two dozen young Somali-Americans who disappeared from Minneapolis in the past year were radicalized and sent to Somalia to fight with an Islamic militia. They say the group that recruited them may have links to al-Qaida.
February 2, 2009 Minneapolis is home to the largest Somali expatriate community in the U.S. But the Midwestern city is now the scene of an international mystery: dozens of young Somali men have gone missing, and there are worries that the disappeared men are being drawn into a Somali militia group.
January 28, 2009 Officials believe that missing young Somali men from Minneapolis may have been recruited by Somali Islamist groups to fight in the country's civil war. The Somali community is stunned by those who have gone missing, many of whom have close family ties.