The second Somali former refugee who is alleged to have traveled to Somalia for terrorist training pleaded guilty in Minneapolis today. Hat tip: a friend from Tennessee.
From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court today to providing material support to terrorists, according to his attorney.
Ahmed, a part-time security guard from Brooklyn Park, is accused of traveling to Somalia in December 2007, allegedly to train with al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group that federal officials say has links to al-Qaida.
Ahmed’s attorney, James Ostgard, said late Monday night that his client will plead guilty to a single count — providing material support to terrorists — before U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum. In exchange for the guilty plea, Ostgard said three other counts will be dismissed at Ahmed’s sentencing: Conspiracy to Kill, Kidnap, Main [Maim?] and Injure and two counts of giving false information to law enforcement.
Ahmed was one of two men indicted by a grand jury in February for training with al-Shabaab. Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, 25, of Seattle, Wash., also has admitted to federal investigators that he trained with the terrorist group. Isse has already pleaded guilty.
I guess I can’t get too excited, I’m now waiting for the big fish to be revealed—the brains behind this operation. AND, I am waiting for some real investigative reporter to look into new angles—all the media stories are so humdrum. Why don’t you guys look into the on-going feud in the Minneapolis Somali community? Or, why don’t you figure out who fingered Zakaria Maruf as “the recruiter” to the New York Times reporter? Whoever did that likely knows who the real recruiter or recruiters are! Was it just coincidence that Maruf was dead on the morning the NYT story hit the newstands? And, I would like to know what Omar Jamal’s role in all this really is! Or, how about someone compiling a list of which men exactly are missing. Or, find out what CAIR is trying to hide? And, here is one I think would be fascinating to know, did either of these two Somalis who did go to Africa ever meet Al-Amriki?
Hey, by the way, this story today wasn’t all ho-hum, it did have a bit of interesting information that made me chuckle. Ahmed has been working as a security guard! Don’t you wonder exactly what he was guarding and what sort of credentials he gave the employer. Experience handling an AK-47 maybe?
For new readers, here is my archival post on the Somali missing youths story, sans a few recent events because I was getting bored with the whole thing.