3 alleged ISIS recruits stand trial in Minneapolis

- Three of Minnesota’s 9 young alleged ISIS recruits are set to stand trial Monday in federal court in Minneapolis. Abdirahman Daud, 22, Mohamed Farah, 22, and Guled Omar, 21, are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL and conspiracy to commit murder abroad. Six others have already pleaded guilty to charges they planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

There have been many court appearances since 2014, when the FBI started making their arrests, but Monday marks the first time that anyone facing ISIS-related charges will go on trial in Minnesota. The federal trial is expected to last 3 weeks. Prosecutors expect to call 26 witnesses and introduce 340 pieces of evidence during the trial.

Daud, Farah and Omar have no previous criminal records. The conspiracy to commit murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and the conspiracy to prove material support to ISIL charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

In November 2014, Farah was one of 3 young men prevented from boarding a flight to Turkey from New York’s JFK Airport. In April 2015, Farah and Daud were arrested in San Diego where they were trying to obtain fake passports. Omar was arrested in Minneapolis as part of the same joint terrorism task force surveillance operation.

Status of Minnesota’ s ISIS suspects

Zacharia Abdurahman – guilty plea in Sept. 2015, awaiting sentencing
Hamza Ahmed – guilty plea in April 2016.
Abdirahman Daud – in custody, standing trial on May 9
Adnan Farah – guilty plea in April 2016, awaiting sentencing
Mohamed Farah – in custody, standing trial on May 9
Hanad Musse – guilty plea in Sept. 2015, awaiting sentencing
Abdi Nur – at-large, believed to be with ISIS in Syria
Guled Omar – in custody, standing trial on May 9
Abdirizak Warsame – guilty plea in Feb. 2016, awaiting sentencing
Abdullahi Yusuf – guilty plea in Feb. 2015, awaiting sentencing


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