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.