The ISIS Problem In The Twin Cities

The Twin Cities has the distinction of having the largest Somali population in the United States.  The New York Times reports that there are approximately 30,000 Somali people in the Minneapolis area.

Andrew Luger of the Minnesota US attorney’s office said that groups “like the Islamic State” have been targeting the local Somali community.

“Since Al Shabaab began recruiting Minnesota’s youth in 2006, the Twin Cities have been a focus of overseas terror recruiting by organizations like the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” Luger’s office said in a press release. “This cycle of terror recruiting has exclusively targeted Minnesota’s Somali community.”

He warned parents that the friend of one’s child may not be whom one thinks he is and is in fact radicalizing the son or daughter.

“To be clear: We have a terror-recruiting problem in Minnesota. And this case demonstrates how difficult it is to put an end to recruiting here,” he said at a news conference hosted by the Minnesota US attorney’s office.

Yahoo reports more on what is being done to counter this problem, with Eric Holder supporting a program to combat it.

Eric Holder, then the US attorney general, announced a pilot program “in cities across the country to bring together community representatives, public safety officials, and religious leaders to counter violent extremism.”

Source: Yahoo.

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