Among those charged is a man from Minneapolis who went to war-torn Somalia and then, about four months ago, relocated to Seattle, according to the two sources and a leader in the Minneapolis Somali community. The man was then arrested in a Seattle airport and transferred to a jail in Minneapolis, where he is currently being detained, according to the law enforcement sources.
The law enforcement sources said the man, described as in his 20s, has been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, in this case Al-Shabaab, which has been warring with the moderate Somali government since 2006.Omar Jamal, the executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center in St. Paul, Minn., identified the man as 21-year-old Abdifatah Ise or Abdifatah Isse. FOX News was unable to independently confirm that. Jamal said the man's family contacted him for "assistance" after the arrest, but he had been unable to speak publicly about it until now "in the interest of" a federal investigation.
For much of the past year the FBI has been looking into how dozens of young, Somali-American men were recruited to train and possibly fight alongside al-Shabaab in anarchy-stricken Somalia. The investigation has centered around Minneapolis, where a grand jury has been hearing testimony from witnesses for several months, but the investigation has also been active in Seattle; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati; Boston; and San Diego. A source told FOX News in March that "several" recruits had returned to the United States.
There are 73 individuals with the last name of ISSE in MINNEAPOLIS and there is just one female with the last name of ISE, there are several arrest records for individuals with the last name of ISSE in Minnesota and none for ISE.
The last name of ISSE links to Somalia, see Mohamed Ali Isse. Isse, 36, is a convicted murderer and jihadist. He is known among his fellow prisoners, with grudging awe, as "The Man with the American Thing in His Leg," other Federal cases out of MINNEAPOLIS that link to Somalia include wanted fugitive Mahamud Abdullahi Isse.
Oct 26 2007 (Somaliland Net) - MINNEAPOLIS -- Investigators in Minneapolis have accused Somali writer and wanted fugitive Mahamud Abdullahi Isse of fleeing to Africa to avoid prosecution on rape charges in Minnesota. A criminal complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday claims Isse, 72, has fled to the Republic of Djibouti near Somalia where he "has been seen and interviewed by local reporters."
Isse had a trial set for June 25 in Hennepin County for charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He did not appear for his court date and has since been listed as one of Minnesota’s Top 10 Most Wanted.The federal affidavit says Isse "fled the Minneapolis area shortly after learning that uniformed Hennepin County deputy sheriffs were looking to arrest him the last week of June 2007."
A Minneapolis resident accused of aiding and communicating with Al Qaeda has pleaded guilty to supporting the terrorist group. Mohammed Abdullah Warsame, 35, a naturalized Canadian citizen from Somalia, pleaded guilty in a Minnesota federal court to conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda on May 20, 2009. According to the plea agreement, Warsame provided Al Qaeda with personnel, training and material support from 2000 to 2003, see Federal Indictment click here.
Warsame moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in April 2002 after obtaining an immigrant visa, according to an FBI affidavit. Since their marriage in 1995, Warsame’s wife has lived in Minneapolis, from where approximately 20 young Somali-American men have traveled to Somalia to join a U.S. designated terrorist group.