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Another Somali Refugee Implicated in Terror

Influx of migrants from war-torn nation into Minnesota means danger

Somali refugee Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble Wednesday became the 11th person from Minnesota to be charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State.

Roble, 20, was flagged in May this year during the federal trial of three Minnesota men who were convicted of conspiring to join ISIS. Authorities say he went to Syria to join the Islamic State shortly after he turned 18, upon receiving more than $91,000 in a class action settlement for a 2007 school bus accident.

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An FBI affidavit states that while Roble was in Turkey in 2014, he withdrew more than $47,000 over the course of three months, a withdrawal which is “consistent with … reports that Roble was financially supporting himself and other members of ISIL, including by purchasing vehicles to be used by members of ISIL.”

In Syria, Roble reportedly met with his uncle, Abdi Nur, who is one of 10 other men charged in the case and is believed to have joined ISIS. Nine others have been convicted on terror charges in Minnesota, according to The Associated Press.

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“Prosecutors say the men were part of a group of friends in Minnesota’s Somali community who recruited and inspired each other to join the Islamic State group. The FBI has said that roughly a dozen young men have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria in recent years,” AP reported.

According to U.S. Census data, Minnesota has the nation’s largest concentration of Somali immigrants — more than 30,000.

In recent years, the State Department pushed for the relocation of tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn Somalia to the Midwestern state. From 2008 to 2013, 27,000 Somalis entered the country, making the U.S. the fourth-largest source of refugees in that period, behind only Burma, Iraq, and Bhutan, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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