In a story that made national news, a federal jury has found three men guilty of plotting to join the terrorist group ISIS and commit murder overseas. Guled Omar, 21, and Mohamed Farah, 22, were found guilty on all charges, while the third man, Abdirahman Daud, 22, was only found guilty on all terror counts, but not of lying to a grand jury. They face life imprisonment.
Back in 2014, it was reported that at least 15 Somali-American men have traveled to Syria from Minnesota to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). These three men were amongst nine Minnesota men arrested since 2014 for allegedly plotting with the terrorist group. Six have already pleaded guilty to conspiring to travel to Syria to join ISIS. The family members of the three suspects in this case insist that they are innocent. None of the men have prior criminal convictions, and the Somali community in Minnesota claim that they were just young, impressionable teenagers who were trying to talk ‘tough.’
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