According a recently released report by the House Homeland Security Committee, 15 of the 58 Americans who sought to join ISIS since the start of the Syrian war were from Minnesota.
Fifteen is the most from any state. MInneapolis-St. Paul reporter Tom Lyden told Fox News: “You know the groundwork for this was really set back in 2007. We have a very large Somali community here, about 100,000 people, and a very small part of that community was radicalized back in 2007. We had 24 people leave Minnesota to go fight for the terrorist group Al Shabaab in Somali.”
According to the Homeland Security Committee’s report, the trend of Americans seeking to travel to Syria has been upwards over the last few years.
- Despite concerted efforts to stem the flow, we have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists. Of the hundreds of Americans who have sought to travel to the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq, authorities have only interdicted a fraction of them.
- The U.S. government lacks a national strategy for combating terrorist travel and has not produced one in nearly a decade.
- Gaping security weaknesses overseas—especially in Europe—are putting the U.S. homeland in danger by making it easier for aspiring foreign fighters to migrate to terrorist hotspots and for jihadists to return to the West.
“It is clear that our nation faces a grave and growing threat from foreign fighters,” said Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “Sadly, global efforts have failed to stop the flow of these aspiring jihadists into Syria, and we have already seen ‘returnees’ from the conflict zone come home to America and Europe and plot acts of terror. Even more, those still on the battlefield are radicalizing their peers online and inciting them to launch homegrown attacks. I commend the Task Force for their work on this serious homeland security dilemma, and in light of their findings, I urge world leaders at the United Nations to redouble their efforts to combat terrorist travel.”
As reported by Western Journalism, one of the ISIS leaders who inspired May’s Texas attack at a Draw the Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition was from Minnesota.
Minnesota CBS affiliate WCCO reports that Mujahid Miski, whose real name is Mohammed Abdullahi Hassan, left Minneapolis in 2008 to join al-Shabaab in Somalia and was indicted in 2009 on terror charges. He is believed to still be in Somalia.
A little over a week before the “Texas Terror” assault, Miski tweeted: “The brothers from the Charlie Hebdo attack did their part. It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part.”
h/t: The Right Scoop