30 Sep '12, 6pm

Minnesota trial could expose terror group recruiting

Minnesota trial could expose terror group recruiting

This undated file family photo made available by his family in Minneapolis shows Mahamud Said Omar. The Somali man is accused of helping finance fighters for the terror group al-Shabab. Family of Mohamud Said Omar/AP MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man accused of helping to recruit and finance U.S. fighters for an overseas terror group heads to trial Monday in a case that's expected to show how some young Somali expatriates in Minneapolis were persuaded to risk their lives for insurgents back home. Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces five terror-related counts as part of a much broader investigation into recruiting by al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group linked to al-Qaida at the center of much of the violence in Somalia. Since 2007, more than 20 young men are believed to have left Minnesota for the East African nation, presumably to take up arms with al-Shabab. The departures sho...

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