August 8, 2013 Special Dispatch No. 5400

Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Video Presents Three Americans From Minnesota Who Died Fighting In Somalia

August 8, 2013
Africa, Somalia | Special Dispatch No. 5400

On August 7, 2013, the Somali Al-Qaeda-affiliated group Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen released a 39-minute video about three Americans from Minnesota who joined the group and died fighting in Somalia. The video, titled "The Path to Paradise: From the Twin Cities to the Land of the Two Migrations [i.e. Somalia]," was released on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, and is apparently the first in a series of videos dedicated to Americans from Minnesota who have joined Al-Shabab. It was posted on top jihadi forums in two versions: Arabic and English.

According to the video, two of the Minnesotans who died are of Somali origin and the third is a Native American who converted to Islam. They came to train in Somalia in 2007-2008 and were killed in 2009.

The video includes footage of the three encouraging other young Muslims living the West to follow their example and come fight the unbelievers in Somalia.


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