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Reports: At least 15 Somali-Americans from Twin Cities in ISIS Now.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been very successful in recruiting Americans and other Westerners to their cause, but the lure to join jihadist movements seems particularly popular in metro Minneapolis. Earlier this week, American Douglas McAuthur McCain was identified as an ISIS member slain in Syria. Today, another American


What’s Drawing Somali-American Teens To Foreign Militant Groups?

Young members of the Somali-American community are disappearing in growing numbers, and the FBI is now investigating whether they’ve gone to fight in foreign wars.

B. Todd Jones

MINNEAPOLIS -- Abdi Mohamed Nur, a 20-year-old Somali-American, reportedly left his family in Minnesota to travel to Syria to join and fight alongside the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS) last month. Earlier this month, the FBI’s office in Minneapolis said Nur and about 15 other people from Minnesota


From Reporting In Somalia To Canoeing In Minnesota

One journalist’s time in Somalia didn’t quite prepare him for camping with Somali teens. But years later, that camping trip turned out to help a camper in a film role.

Somalia Captain Philips

I traveled to Somalia in the summer of 1993 to cover the famine that was ravaging the country following the overthrow of President Siad Barre. One of the first things a reporter friend and I did was hook up with the Canadian air force, which was flying food aid and other emergency relief supplies into the country’s interior. After landing, my


Civil Rights Groups Protest Closures Of Muslims’ Bank Accts.

A Minneapolis-based bank has been closing the accounts of its customers in the Islamic community for years, but nobody can figure out why.

Somali Americans

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-- For years, Twin Cities' residents who identify as members of the Islamic community say they have had their bank accounts closed unnecessarily and without reason by the Minneapolis-based TCF Financial Corp. In one case, an American citizen -- born and raised in Minneapolis -- had his bank account closed, along with his sister's


Members Of Ethiopian Ethnic Group Seeking Autonomy Face Abductions In Kenya

Refugees and Leaders of the Ogaden separatist group face increasing human-rights abuses.

An underfed Ethiopian Somali boy with polio

Refugees in Kenya who come from Ethiopia’s eastern Ogaden region, where the predominant population is ethnically Somali, are calling on the Kenyan government to protect them as harassment and kidnappings increase, according to various reports. Most recently, two officials with the Ogaden National Liberation Front -- a rebel insurgent group


Ex-Soldier Sentenced to 7 Years for Attempting to Join African Terror Group

Arrested in Kenya, the American was originally thought to be on his way to join an al-Qaida-affiliated organization in Somalia.

In this Thursday, Feb.17, 2011 file photo, al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia.(AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor, File)

A former Army intelligence specialist accused of attempting to support a terror network in East Africa was given a seven-year sentence after pleading guilty in a Baltimore courtroom on Monday. The former soldier, Craig Baxam, 26, was convicted on the charge of destroying records he thought could be used in a terrorism investigation, The Baltimore