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US attorney: MN has a 'terror recruiting problem' – 6 men charged

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Six Minnesota men are accused of planning to travel to Syria to help support the Islamic State militant group.

The Department of Justice said the men, who were arrested in two different states Sunday, are all charged with "conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization." Some are facing similar additional federal charges.

“As described in the criminal complaint, these men worked over the course of the last 10 months to join ISIL,” said U.S. Attorney Luger in the news release. “Even when their co-conspirators were caught and charged, they continued to seek new and creative ways to leave Minnesota to fight for a terror group."

According to Reuters, U.S. prosecutors say dozens of people from Minnesota have gone overseas, or tried to, in support of the Islamic State.

At least nine Minnesotans have now been charged as part of this conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL. The FBI says all of them are suspected associates or friends of one another.

Here's who was taken into custody Sunday, and charged Monday:

Arrested in Minneapolis

  • Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19
  • Adnan Farah, 19
  • Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19
  • Guled Ali Omar, 20

Arrested in San Diego, after driving from Minneapolis

  • Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 21
  • Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21

The document explaining the investigation and charges is lengthy, detailing the 10-month investigation by the FBI.

It includes surveillance evidence obtained by agents, reviews of telephone records, interviews with suspects, bank account activity, travel plans, witness statements, and social media postings.

It also connects some of the suspects to 18-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf, who in February pleaded guilty to trying to join the Islamic State.

You can read the full criminal complaint here.

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