Somali terrorist group poses serious threat to United States

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.”

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

Watch the video below to hear more from Jason Whitlock:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Subscribe to BlazeTV today with our BEST DEAL EVER for $30 off with promo code GLENN.

One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



Want to listen to more Glenn Beck podcasts?

Subscribe to Glenn Beck's channel on YouTube for FREE access to more of his masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, or subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Subscribe to BlazeTV today with our BEST DEAL EVER for $30 off with promo code GLENN.

Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

Watch the full special below:

The election and its aftermath are the most important stories in America. That's why we're offering our most timely discount ever: $30 off a one-year subscription to BlazeTV with code "GLENN." With BlazeTV, you get the unvarnished truth from the most pro-America network in the country, free from Big Tech and MSM censors.