Well, we’ve contained another young Muslim who could look like Obama’s son for conspiring to join ISIS.
Federal charges were filed Wednesday in Minneapolis against another young Somali man from the Twin Cities, alleging that he conspired to provide material support to the terrorist organization known as ISIL.
Warsame appeared briefly in court Thursday morning. He will be held pending a pre-trial detention hearing that is scheduled for Tuesday.
The criminal complaint alleges that Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of Eagan, was among a group of 10 men from the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community who began planning around April 2014 to travel to Syria to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Three of those men have already pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges, five are scheduled to start trial in May and one is in Syria.
Warsame was arrested Wednesday and is being held in the Anoka County jail.
Minnesota is believed to have produced more would-be foreign fighters than any other state, but it also has a Muslim community that’s exceptionally engaged with efforts to counter extremism. Word that another Twin Cities Somali-American was being charged spread quickly Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
“This is deju vu all over again,” said community leader Sadik Warfa. “The safety of this country is a concern for all of us. … We’re hoping this case is the last, and we can all move forward where these kind of things don’t happen.”
But Warfa said he wants to know why Warsame is being charged now: “Did the government get new evidence?”
Authorities offered no comment on why Warsame was arrested eight months after his fellow defendants.
According to the complaint against Warsame, he was part of a group of men who played basketball and watched propaganda videos at a local mosque. The men aspired to travel to Syria and fight with ISIL. He and others who planned to get to Syria via Mexico met throughout the spring of 2014, according to the complaint, which is based on a sworn statement by FBI special agent Vadym Vinetsky.
It’s almost as if we’ve got a problem with domestic terrorists.