How Minneapolis’ Somali Community Became the Terrorist Recruitment Capital of the US

Article author: 
Hollie McKay, Fox News,
Article publisher: 
American Renaissance
Article date: 
15 February 2019
Article category: 
Our American Future
Article Body: 

... FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled....

With by far the largest Somali American population in the United States—estimates of up to 100,000—the insular ethnic community in Minnesota offers a rich recruiting ground. Investigators told Fox News that early on, al-Shabab recruiting was almost exclusively word-of-mouth....

But that chain seemingly changed when ISIS came on the scene around 2014....

“For over a decade, Islamist terror groups have been able to recruit from Minnesota. This is, in part, because Minnesota has a large Muslim population compared to other parts of the U.S,” said Robin Simcox, a terrorism and national security expert at The Heritage Foundation....