As prosecutors prepare to try five Minnesota men accused of attempting to join ISIS, we’re learning more about the group’s plans to attack the U.S.
Specifically, at least one of the five intended to establish routes from Syria to the U.S. through — you guessed it, Mexico — in order to carry out U.S. attacks.
Via Fox News Latino:
One of the American men accused in Minnesota of trying to join the Islamic State group wanted to open up routes from Syria to the U.S. through Mexico, prosecutors said.
Gules Ali Omar told the ISIS members about the route so that it could be used to send members to America to carry out terrorist attacks, prosecutors alleged in a document filed this week.
The document, filed Wednesday, is one of many filed in recent weeks as prosecutors and defense attorneys argue about which evidence should be allowed at the men’s trial, which starts May 9.
The men — Omar, 21; Hamza Naj Ahmed, 21; Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 22; and Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 22 — have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S. Prosecutors have said they were part of a group of friends in Minnesota’s Somali community who held secret meetings and plotted to join the Islamic State group.
Five other men have pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to support a foreign terrorist organization. A tenth man charged in the case is at-large, believed to be in Syria.
The government’s document was filed in response to a defense request that prosecutors be barred from introducing evidence about possible attacks in the U.S.
Prosecutors said audio recordings obtained during the investigation show the defendants spoke multiple times about the possibility of attacks in the U.S. Among them, Omar spoke of establishing a route for fighters, Farah spoke of killing an FBI agent and another man who pleaded guilty talked about shooting a homemade rocket at an airplane.
Democrats, led by President Obama, have belittled concerns both about the dangers posed by the Syrian refugee crisis — specifically, expediting the influx of refugees despite gaps in vetting — and about our porous border with Mexico. Those of us raising the warnings about this — including, now infamously, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump — have been accused of being un-American, among other things.
But really — and I know I’m preaching to the choir here — what could be more unAmerican than knowingly allowing the enemy to infiltrate our borders with the intent to kill Americans?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]