U.S. Attorney: ‘We Have a Terror Recruiting Problem’; ‘Some Succeeded,’ Made it to Syria

‘What this shows is the person radicalizing your son, your brother, your friend, may not be a stranger’

U.S. ATTORNEY ANDREW LUGER: "Based on the information in the complaint, these defendants along with Ahmed, Yusuf, Nur and others recruited each other, supported each other’s efforts to get to Syria, helped each other with funding and worked exclusively and extensively to come up with the best travel arrangements. On multiple occasions members of the group were stopped from traveling to Syria. Their plans were disrupted and the consequences of their actions were made clear to them. Yet they continued. Guled for example was stopped multiple times from traveling. But what is remarkable about this case is that nothing stopped these defendants from pursuing their goal. They never stopped plotting another way to get to Syria to join ISIL. They were not confused young men. They were not easily influenced. These are focused men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization by any means possible. To be clear we have terror recruiting problem in Minnesota? And this case demonstrates how difficult it is to put an end to recruiting here. Parents and loved ones should know that there is not one master recruiter organizing in the Somali community locally. What this case shows is that the person radicalizing your son, your brother, your friend. May not be a stranger, it may be their best friend right here in town.”

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