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Tag: Somalia

Ex-Virginia Cab Driver Captured After Being Placed on ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ List

Liban Haji Mohamed

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Less than two months after the FBI added a Washington-area cabbie to the bureau’s “Most Wanted Terrorist ” list, the Somali-born U.S. citizen was arrested and taken into custody of the Somali government, Reuters reports.

Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, was added to the list for allegedly providing support to the Somali-based terrorists al Shabaab.

The Somali government arrested Shabaab several days ago, but whether the country sends him back to the U.S. is still anyone’s guess.

Mohamed left the U.S. in 2012 after living in the northern Virginia suburbs near Washington.

U.S. Citizen Says He Was Held by FBI For 4 Months, Endured Harsh Treatment in Africa

 
 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. citizen claims in a lawsuit filed by the federal government that he was held for four months, endured harsh interrogation and was later released after it was discovered he had done nothing wrong, the Reason reports.

Amir Meshal is represented by he ACLU, which contends its client was unfairly mistreated.

The Justice Department said the case shouldn’t move forward because of national security concerns.

The ACLU, which is to appear in court today on the issue, wrote:

The American Civil Liberties Union will appear in court on Wednesday on behalf of a U.S. citizen who was illegally detained and mistreated by American officials in three east African countries in 2007. After fleeing unrest in Somalia, New Jersey resident Amir Meshal was arrested, secretly imprisoned in inhumane conditions, and harshly interrogated by FBI agents over 30 times before ultimately being released without charge four months later. …

In December 2006, Meshal was studying in Mogadishu when civil unrest broke out. He fled to neighboring Kenya, where he wandered in the forest for three weeks seeking shelter and assistance before being arrested. He was then repeatedly interrogated by FBI agents, who accused him of receiving training from al Qaeda, which Meshal denied. The American interrogators threatened him with torture and kept him from contacting a lawyer or his family.

Meshal was subsequently rendered to Somalia and then Ethiopia, where he was secretly imprisoned in filthy conditions with inadequate access to food, water, and toilets for more than three months, and again harshly interrogated by U.S. officials, who bore responsibility for his rendition and continued detention.

 

Young Somali Americans Continue to Join Terror Group in Africa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The stream of young Somali Americans joining terrorists in Somalia continues to flow despite an attempt by authorities to cut off money to support terrorism, the Associated Press reports.

The population is concentrated in Minnesota, where Somali Americans have been leaving to join al-Shabab in Somalia for six years. At least 22 young men have left Minnesota for Somalia in that period, the AP reported.

The Somali community is worried about reports that allege Somali Americans were involved in a deadly attack at a mall in Nairobi, the AP wrote.

“One thing I know is the fear is growing,” said Abdirizak Bihi, whose nephew was among at least six men from Minnesota who have died in Somalia, the AP wrote.

 

 

FBI Works Around Carnage to Investigate Nairobi Mall Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI began the grueling process of investigating a bullet-riddled Nairobi mall where more than 60 people were killed by terrorists, the Associated Press reports.

Agents were working along bodies crushed by rubble as they began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis to determine the identities of the terrorists.

The FBI believes Americans may have been involved.

Al-Shabab, a Somali Islamic extremist group, took credit for the attack.

FBI: Were Americans Involved in Terror Attack at Kenyan Mall?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether as many as five Americans were part of a team of terrorists who took over a Kenyan mall over the weekend, unleashing an attack that led to the death of at least 68 people, NBC News reports.

The probe comes after a group purporting to be behind the attacks, Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab, indicated Americans were involved and listed their names and home states.

At least two of them came from the St. Paul-Minneapolis area in Minnesota, which has a large Somali population, the group claimed, according to NBC News.

Jury to Decide Fate of Somali-Born Man Accused of Terrorism in Portland

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jurors today are deliberating the fate of a Somali-born man accused of trying to detonate a bomb at a 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, the Daily Beast reports.

The big question is whether Mohamed Mohamud, who was in braces and 19 years old when he first met undercover agents, was entrapped by overzealous law enforcers.

Both sides delivered closing arguments Wednesday, the Daily Beast wrote.

Mohamud’s attorney said his client was a vulnerable, impressionable teenager who had no intention of hurting anyone until feds approached him with the idea of detonating a bomb.

Prosecutors countered that Mohamud is a serious threat because he intended to kill up to thousands of people.

Somali-Born Man Accused of Plot to Bomb a Christmas Event in Portland

Mohamed Mohamud

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Somali-born man charged with pulling the trigger on what he thought was a bomb at a Christmas tree event in  Portland, Ore., first attracted attention from authorities by discussing martyrdom in email exchanges with Islamist extremists, according to opening testimony Monday in the trial, Reuters reports.

Supervisor of the FBI sting, Miltiadis Trousas, testified that agents intercepted communication between Mohamed Osman Mohamud and Islamist militants.

But under cross-examination from a defense that wants to show that Mohamud was entrapped, Trousas acknowledge there’s no evidence that the defendant sought bomb material until after he met undercover FBI agents, Reuters reported.

Mohamud faces up to life in prison on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction to blow up a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland in November 2010 when he was 19.

Mohamud is a naturalized U.S. citizens and former Oregon State University student, Reuters wrote.

The second day of testimony begins today.

Minneapolis Man Convicted of Sending Young Recruits to Somali Terrorist Group

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minneapolis man accused of conspiring to send Americans to a terrorist group, al-Shabab, in Somalia was convicted on five terrorism-related counts Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces up to life in prison for funding al-Shabab and sending young recruits to Somalia once they were indoctrinated in Minneapolis.

The AP said Omar is the first of others to stand trial in an investigation into the recruitment of more than 20 men living in Minnesota, which has a big Somali population.

The trial opened a window into how would-be terrorists were recruited and what happened once they reached Somalia.

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