6 Minnesota men charged with trying to join ISIS in Syria

Six Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday that accuses them of attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.

The six are accused of conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The complaint said the men planned to reach Syria by flying from San Diego or New York City to nearby countries, and lied to federal investigators when they were stopped.

Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were arrested Sunday in Minneapolis and San Diego and are scheduled to appear in federal court Monday.

“They have spent a great deal of time over the past year trying to get to Syria to fight for ISIL,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said at a press conference.

The six are the latest from Minnesota to be charged in a months-long investigation into the recruiting of Westerners to join the Islamic State terrorist group. Authorities said earlier that a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants in the past year, and at least one has died.

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    Three of those charged in the newest complaint -- Mohamed Farah, Abdurahman and Musse -- were stopped at a New York City airport in November along with 19-year-old Hamza Ahmed but not charged until now.

    Ahmed was indicted earlier on charges of lying to the FBI during a terrorism investigation, conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group, and attempting to provide material support. He has pleaded not guilty.

    Luger said Farah, Abdurahman and Musse were made clear of the consequences of trying to join ISIS, but they continued trying to travel to Syria.

    Luger described the group as “focused men intent on joining a terrorist organization by any means possible.”

    A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota said there is no threat to public safety.

    Since 2007, more than 22 young Somali men have traveled from Minnesota to Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

    Four Minnesotans have already been charged in connection with supporting terror groups in Syria, including ISIS.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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