Somali terrorist group poses serious threat to United States

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This article by Sara Carter originally appeared on TheBlaze.com. 

Al-Qaeda and its affiliates have no country or borders.

They recruit whole groups and individual people, bringing them into their fold to launch attacks against a Western enemy they see as a threat to their way of life.

And they are recruiting in the United States.

It’s in the suburbs of Minnesota that Wednesday’s new episode of TheBlaze TV’s For The Record, “Minnesota Martyrs,” (8:30 p.m. ET) will reveal the very real threats America faces from citizens indoctrinated inside the United States by jihadists. The episode also takes viewers into a Somali-American community and explores how members are working with federal law enforcement to thwart possible attacks and to stop the recruitment.

Editor’s Note: “Minnesota Martyrs” is now available ON DEMAND for TheBlaze TV subscribers. More info HERE.

“Recruiters for Al Qaeda, and its offshoots like Al-Shabaab hide among us in our communities,” a U.S. military official who has worked in various parts of Africa on counterterrorism missions told TheBlaze. The official spoke on the condition that they not be named due to the covert nature of their work.

Many times terror recruiters do their jobs without drawing suspicion from federal law enforcement, community leaders or the very families of those they bring in. In Minnesota’s twin cities, where the largest contingent of Somali-Americans reside – approximately 80,000 – Al Qaeda’s Somali affiliate Al-Shabaab is finding new members.

There is no doubt that Al-Shabaab, despite its own fractured leadership, is still a viable threat to the West. In September, the terror group’s attack on non-Muslims at the upscale Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya killed more than 70 people and injured hundreds more. The attack was a signal to Western counterterrorism officials that the organization is gaining strength, not dissipating.

It was also a warning that Western nations should remain vigilant against future planned attacks and ones that could possibly be carried out by American or European recruits.

It was members of the Somali community that first tipped off the FBI in Minnesota in 2008, when three families went to law enforcement after their children disappeared and left the country.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told TheBlaze that the agency’s community outreach programs play “an important role in the FBI’s broader efforts to improve our understanding of all communities we serve and the threats they face.”

“Word spread like wild fire,” said Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali-American whose 17-year-old nephew was one of the first recruits to join Al-Shabaab in Somalia. In Minneapolis, the FBI began receiving information in fall 2007 from community members like Bihi that jihadists were recruiting from the community.

Bihi, who heads the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center and speaks out against radicalization, never saw his nephew again. He was killed in Somalia. Bihi estimates that more than 50 members of his community in Minnesota have been recruited by Al-Shabaab since 2007. FBI officials said that at least three of the recruits became suicide bombers and 15 more that they know of were killed after fleeing the United States.

Bihi said he had heard rumors before the young men went missing that members of his community were being recruited, but he couldn’t prove it. People were too afraid to speak, he said.

What he did know was that some imams, or Muslim religious leaders, in his community were pleading with young men to go to Somalia to wage jihad and some were teaching a radicalized form of Islam, an extreme ideology that aided in the conversions. He, like other concerned Somali Americans, went to the FBI.

“And suddenly we found out that these are happening, that these kids are being taken to Somalia for Al-Shabaab,” Bihi said.

The U.S. military official who spoke to TheBlaze said American law enforcement officers “don’t usually know until it’s too late, unfortunately.”

“If these young men don’t die or stay in Somalia once they’re recruited, what happens when one of them comes back home?” the official said. “What if they are being trained for missions against their new homeland? These are real concerns. This is a real danger.”

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  • landofaahs

    Nations without borders is one offshoot of the global one world govt. crowd. The day is coming when these criminals will be held to account. Get your knitting ready.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The facts are clear, in criminal organizations, and even terror networks, transnational non-government organizations (NGO’s) are becoming the normal form of operation and economics, logistics, training, and organization for such groups.

    America is a source for recruitment, funding, and arms, to be smuggled to other lands and used with the blessing of the Obama organization. How deep does the corruption of Islamic Sharia funding run into the Democratic party and the very government structure?

    America is in danger not just from Islamic terrorists, but terrorists within the left and the admin.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Give them all pink jumpsuits with pink anklechains attached to heavy steel balls.

  • Johnathan Read

    There is no such thing as moderate Islam. By definition,Islam is Radical.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    We need someone who gives a damn in the White House but Obama is more focus one making peace with terrorist in Iran than he is fighting terrorist that want nothing more than to cut everyone the disagree with heads off and stick them on wooden pikes. Sorry their is no peace making when it comes to savages.

  • fire lion

    Random maniacs with assault rifles are more dangerous than somali terrorists

    Rich people overdosing on medication is more dangerous than somali terrorists

    Getting hit by drunk drivers is more dangerous than somali terrorists

    You have a higher chance of being killed by a SWAT team no knock raid than being killed by somali terrorist.

    Oh wait they are brown and dont pray to jesus. RUN AWAY RUN AWAY!

  • fire lion

    You do know that the US government has been sending CIA operatives into countries to train terrorists to destabilize the country ( Iran, Argentina, Chile. Afghanistan, Cuba, etc)

    Islamic sharia law in the demcratic party? wow you are so far gone that you don’t even connect to reality.

    Also I dont get your snow leopard avatar. I pretty sure you would wipe out this endangered species to lay oil pipes

  • fire lion

    OH NOES ! people dont respect artificial borders when they fight what they think is the enemy. Just like the united states !

    Hey DIDnt your god promise that he will destroy all nations and bring his kingdom to earth? OMG Jesus wants to destroy america!

  • Pap

    What a total moron you are.

  • Anonymous

    Bush stated…”You’re either with us or against us” when he warned the world, he would seek out and destroy all those who wish to do us harm.

    Obama warned…”You are either with us or against us” as he proclaims to the world terrorism doesn’t exist.

  • Dave the Rave

    Gee. Doesn’t America ever learn from history? Somali’s in Minneapolis, Minn. What the hell are those 80 thousand plus islamist somali africans doing in America? Black Hawk Down??? I guess there here just like most other citizens of foreign countries or lands have gotten here. America feels sorry for those teary eyed, ptsd, undernourished,under-educated, ETC. peoples of the world. Let’s take and educated guess on the many peoples of the world living in America and most probably on Americas Dime: KENYAN, afghan’s, iracis, piakistani’s, boston bomberistani’s, dearbornistani’s, other istan countries in eastern europe and the middle east (note the lower case-NOTHING), vietnamise, laotian, cambodian, mung, korean, japanese, philipino, puerto rican, hatian, dominican, bosnian’s, croatian’s serbian’s etc., etc., etc.

  • Anonymous

    100% right he (Jesus) does and he soon will.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    It is called reality. Try it some time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    If you are going to say something at least make sure it factual before you make an ass of yourself.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget the Germans. They killed millions of jews and we just let those bastards sell cars here!!!

  • Anonymous

    Well he is supported by the numbers.

  • Anonymous

    “Sorry their is no peace making when it comes to savages.”
    Where have we heard this in history before?

  • Anonymous

    and all christians are cannibals

  • Anonymous

    you’re saying that to the guy who called out the other guy for saying Islamic terrorists are all over the administration and in general the godless left?

  • Anonymous

    Libtard nature.

  • Anonymous

    I’d prefer pink wheelchairs or black coffins.

  • Anonymous

    Lets see your so called numbers

  • Anonymous

    Learn to spell idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…..Probably from someone who spent half their life fighting savages.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    So your saying people that cut other people’s heads off in the name of god is not savage? And I guess you also trying to imply that I am racist to Native Americans even tho I am half Native American so how can I be racist to apart to myself? Your comment is a total fail

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Lets look at the numbers three planes killed over 3000 people. and in that same time their only been a hand full of mass shootings than range from 4 to 27 people hurt or killed. I am sorry dumb ass math is not your strong suit.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Where did he say that? No where in his post thought so.

  • Anonymous

    I guess it was too much to expect to receive the same level of respect I give.
    3 planes, a one time event. Statistically that’s really quite a bit of an outlier considering there has barely been anything since, even if you count Nidal Hassan. Sure his statement would have carried much more water if he threw in drunk drivers are more dangerous than Somali terrorists.

    More specifically this is applying to Somali terrorists.
    Yes Al-shabab is within the Somali framework and there is concern about them spreading their area of operations. But they are currently embroiled in Somalia itself and focusing more on the gulf region as a whole. Also most of Al-shebab is not Somali. This is of course being incredibly nitpicky and not exactly on point but worth noting since you called me a dumb ass without any provocation other than your desire to show your superiority over someone who dared to suggest you might be wrong.

    302 people have been killed in mass shootings since 2001. Not more than 3000 certainly. But if you look at 9/11 as a one time event, whereas mass shootings have happened long before 9/11 and have happened continuously since with no sign of letting up.
    In 2008 36,000 people died from prescription drugs. More dangerous than terrorists.

  • Anonymous

    I concede his examples were more specific than I originally thought. I was thinking more along the concept that many many things we don’t freak out about are significantly more dangerous and likely to us than Islamic terrorists.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t implying you were racist. Showing that this sort of sentiment doesn’t lead to good things and is usually misplaced.
    It is savage, but not for cutting heads off. Killing is killing, what is more savage is largely subjective unless you’re going out of your way to make it slow and incredibly painful. Cutting a head off is essentially the same as slitting someone’s throat, they’ll be in shock and not feeling anything before you hit the spine unless it’s a clean cleave and not a saw effort. And then that’s only a little slower death than being shot in the head.
    I would also take issue with your using savage with a wide brush stroke and calling Iran terrorists.

  • Anonymous

    “How deep does the corruption of Islamic Sharia funding run into the Democratic party and the very government structure?

    America is in danger not just from Islamic terrorists, but terrorists within the left and the admin.”

    Outright said, no.
    Strongly, strongly implied.
    Yep.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see ANY of those things killing 3,000 people in one shot

  • Anonymous

    But it’s only one shot is the point.
    It’s in the same vain as mass shootings.
    It’s terrifying and gets a large number of people at once.
    But it doesn’t happen frequently enough to be a major personal safety concern. It’s bad, but it isn’t worse.
    If we had one 9/11 every year it still wouldn’t touch prescription drugs or drunk drivers.
    You are more likely to kill yourself than be the victim of a terrorist. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care, but keep the hysteria in check and realize its not enough to use, and this isn’t a direct accusation against you, largely inaccurate and hurtful stereotypes.

  • Anonymous

    No the point is the death toll & enemies who want us slaughtered because we won’t worship Satan. People with real survival instincts (which you obviously don’t have) combat what threatens their survival. They don’t put on rose colored glasses with their heads between their legs so they can convince themselves nothings wrong & keep drinking hippie make-love-not-war-kool-aide. BTW I’m still waiting on your stats.

  • Anonymous

    BTW, try 9/11, Benghazi, Boston Marathon, 1979 Olympic, 2000 WTC Bombing, The Barbary Pirates. How many is frequent enough to make it a problem worth doing something about for you?

  • Anonymous

    In 2008 36,000 people died from prescription drugs. More dangerous than terrorists.
    I already said it is a concern, but not worth the amount of hysteria and reactionary responses we give it that end up being counterproductive. Look what the post-9/11 stupid storm has gotten us? The Patriot Act, NDAA, NSA spying, the drone war and war being waged by JSOC in undeclared battlefields which kill more civilians than terrorists.
    The point is things that may not have been good ideas happened out of reactionary fear and anger that maybe without the hysteria and with some perspective of how large the threat really was in the grand scheme of things we might have had different solutions and a largely concern for rights etc.
    It’s not rose colored glasses, it’s perspective.
    This is a threat and should be treated like one, but it isn’t something to get worked up over.

  • Anonymous

    Barbary Pirates were not terrorists in the sense that modern terrorists are.

    Never said not to do something.

  • Anonymous

    How the hell does that mean shit? You’re hiding behind semantics. We’re talking about muslime terror anyway you slice it.

  • Anonymous

    The psychosis is strong with this one

  • Anonymous

    You said I said we shouldn’t deal with the problem that’s not true. I’ve explicitly said we should (actually looking at my responses I’ve realized I didn’t say that to you. So let me say it now, it is a big concern and a threat and should receive attention).
    I’m saying the Barbary Pirates are terrorists b/c they scared people as a tactic and attacked ships etc, but they weren’t Islamists.

  • Anonymous

    You’re simply labeling as hysteria to hide your head in the sand & pretend nothing happening

  • Anonymous

    That’s subjective so I can’t really argue there.

    But you are more likely to die at the hands of your prescription drugs than you are at the hands of a Somali, or any terrorist.

  • JohnDale49

    When the native Americans were scalping each other? When the Pagan Europeans were burning each other alive in wicker men?

    Save us your PC BS.

  • ronnor

    President Obama’s half brother Malik Hussein Obama is a member of the Moslem Brotherhood and has been to the White House many time. The Brotherhood fought on the side of the Hitler in WW2 in the Waffen SS, some of it off shoots are Hammas and al-Quida both terrorist organizations which has murdered Americans. Malik Obama is the executive secretary of the Islamic Dawa Organization, or IDO, a group created by the Sudanese government, which has been designated by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist state.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/obamas-kenyan-brother-attacks-wnd/#js3JkEmJ0VIX2Wzw.99

    http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Obama's+brother+moslem+brotherhood&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    That is not saying you guys are terrorist. You see you big government types will never get it Sharia Law and what you liberals do micro managing people’s lives is very much the same thing. The only difference is that you guys will not stone us to death but you both fight for the same thing less freedom for the people and enslavement to the government because you liberals think that you no better than everyone else so we got to force you into it because your to stupid mentality is going to be your undoing.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    I don’t care how you try to paint it. cutting people’s heads off is Savage.

  • Anonymous

    Well German cars are great and if they fairly compete in our free market,outselling US cars, shouldn’t that leave a message loud and clear – that we need to reevaluate the way we produce automobiles here in the States?

    What should worry us more about the Germans is, as you rightly say, they did after all, start two major world conflicts in the past century, where in the second, they attempted to eradicate an entire human race. That is something America seems to ignore in its revamping of history. What should be even more troubling, the Germans have air-force bases here in the States and routinely patrol our sky. Don’t think that to be completely innocent either. They routinely fly US aircraft having mocked dog-fight training. There is even more to fear about the laxness of the new American thinking in relationship to the Germans – One US air-force base in Germany has twenty nuclear bombs (under the auspices of NATO defense) that are able to be delivered by the host nation in the event of an external attack. But – what would stop these historically aggressive people (the Germans) from starting even another world war – this time nuclear, especially knowing the deadly weapons they now hold at their fingertips. It gets even stranger – Recently, the Obama administration ok’d the go-ahead to modernize these twenty nuclear bombs with the newest technology, rendering them even more deadly by giving them pin-point accuracy and multiple war heads – by the way at a cost of more than ten million dollars.

    Will Americas “love affair” with Germany end in ashes?????

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Does it really matter where radical Muslims come from they are still a threat. Even some mass shootings in this country have been done by people with ties to terrorism. take the fort hood shooter and the Boston Bombers clearly after 9/11 and let us not forget the many attempts to get after us with bombs mass shootings from these fringe group in Islam. To say they are not a threat is to ignore reality. To say that mass shootings killed more people between 9/11 and today is a lie or clearly someone to lazy to look at facts. Like the fact Terrorist are trained to kill the maxim amount of people in a single attack mass shooters are just crazy and most of the time lack the training to be effective in the savage mission. I bet you any money of Adam Lanza was trained by one of these group more people would of died but ignore facts at your own risk.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Yes very.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Yes we Native Americans are not proud of our past when it comes to Barbarianism. To bad Muslims did not learn from their mistakes.

  • Anonymous

    The point is not enough to be more dangerous than numerous everyday risks.
    I concede I didn’t look at the details of his post as much as I should have, I more honed on the point that terrorism doesn’t deserve as much fear and hysteria as it gets (further I would argue the fear and hysteria leads us to do really stupid things in response to the threat)

  • Anonymous

    killing people is savage

  • Anonymous

    I’m a libertarian (i feel like I tell you this at least once a week), I vote libertarian or republican (except I voted Democrat in a local election b/c the republican had previously been convicted in a corruption about a decade earlier. The other time I voted D was after our republican Rep. had been in office for ten years which is what I think the term limit should be, no independents in the race.)
    You don’t even know what Sharia law is.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Actions speak louder than words and I talk to people who lived under Sharia Law so yah I know how freedom repressive it truly is.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Agreed.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Cannot agree more with the last point.

  • Anonymous

    Any country that claims to live under Sharia law does not in fact live under sharia law. Sharia Law is God’s law, any interpretation by man corrupts it. Sharia law is not specifically laid out and must be derived from various sources by man in order to implement it. This is how there are four major schools of sharia law and other smaller schools all of which have firms that associate with different schools and compete for clients.
    Iran does not have sharia law, people in a congress voted on what the law would be, ergo it cannot be sharia.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    I am just glad that the government does not follow these laws. I don’t know if I can argue with that because Jesus preached the same thing when it can to the Jewish law.

  • Jeo Ten

    If we don’t fix the root cause, all of this will just continue. The fact is there bad people on the planet. Brain washing the young is a root cause of the problem it seems (notwithstanding actual badness based on people who are chemically imbalanced).

    I am not religious and do not believe in some god. To me that notion is just plain silly. And watching most of the world burn around religion based issues further justifies my choice.

    I think this is beneficial. But I am not living in poverty and had access to an education (based on facts, not stories), so those two aspects are also crucial aspects to my world view.

    If we remove Israel from the argument (hypothetically), what would all these terrorists be fighting for? What would be their point? What is the goal? If their goal is indeed ruling the world because their religion mandates death to non-believers, then we have no choice but to fix the root cause problem above … educating kids with bad information, instilling fear in them, etc.

    We will continue to apply bandaids (fighting the supposed war against terror), but this is not a solution to the problem. It may buy time … but how is the root cause to be resolved?

  • tobias smit

    Edwardohare: “and must be derived from various sources by man”, Wow man that is some convenient way of being able to cop out when your “God” screws up, sounds like the “blame it always on some els screw up” BTW familiar sounding talk doesn’t it ?. Even ohb is now not even mentioning “Obamacare” anymore. What a loser.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not muslim, nor do I believe in god.
    Nor do I support Obama or Obamacare.
    I didn’t vote for him either.

  • Jonathon von Tischner

    logical fallacy of equivocation. But either claim would have no reflection on if it was true, things like the physical evidence for the resurrection would, like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWyiZtagxX8