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10th Minn. Man Accused Of Helping Others Join ISIS Due In Court.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A tenth Minnesota man charged with providing material to support terrorists in Syria and Iraq is set to appear in court Thursday morning.

A Minnesota man was arrested Wednesday night and accused of conspiring to help The Islamic State in Iran and the Levant (ISIL), the latest in a string of similar cases in the state. The criminal complaint said he was, at one point, the leader of a group of young, Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities who tried to flee the country in April to join ISIS. Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, was charged Wednesday by criminal complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. According to an FBI special agent’s affidavit, one man who was planning to leave for Syria appointed Warsame to replace him as “emir,” or leader, of the group. “As the new emir, Warsame immediately encouraged those with passports and money to travel to Syria by the end of the upcoming summer,” the affidavit said.

After arriving in the 1990s during Somalia’s civil war, they were funneled into the state’s experienced refugee agencies by aid workers and many were supported by welfare benefits more generous than other states. To counter the disaffection that can make teens vulnerable to recruiters from ISIL and similar groups, community leaders have worked with the Justice Department to adapt gang intervention programs to do the same with countering the pull of overseas groups. Somali community leader Sadik Warfa told the Star-Tribune that he and others would increase efforts to tell the youth: “They are better if they stay here at home, get a decent education and embrace American life.” While acknowledging a recent increase in Islamophobia, Warfa said “A judge who will be independent will look at the evidence and decide where to go from there.

Some of them communicated with ISIL members overseas, some took steps to get fake passports, and some played paintball to prepare for combat, prosecutors say.

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