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Minnesota trial opens window on recruitment of men in US to fight for terror group in Somalia

The trial of a Minneapolis man convicted in a conspiracy to send young men from Minnesota to fight with al-Shabab in Somalia has provided the most information yet on the ongoing investigation into recruitment for the terror group.

Mahamud Said Omar was convicted Thursday on five terrorism-related counts, including one that could land him in prison for life.

Authorities say he provided money for al-Shabab weapons and helped some young recruits get plane tickets for Somalia.

From secret meetings to plans to travel in small groups to avoid detection, trial testimony provided insight into how the young men planned their routes to Somalia.

Authorities say more than 20 men have left Minnesota since 2007 to join the al-Qaida-linked group.

The investigation is ongoing.

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