On August 27, the identity of a second American killed fighting for ISIS was revealed, “Abdirahmaan Muhumed from Minneapolis.”
According to FOX 9’s Seth Kaplan, Muhumed was profiled by Minnesota Public Radio in June.
MPRNews reported Muhumed was one of “as many as 15 Somali-American men from the Twin Cities [who] have traveled to Syria to join radical groups to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime.”
MPR says Muhumed communicated with them via various Facebook posts once he joined up with ISIS. In January he posted: “A Muslim has to stand up for [what’s] right. I give up this worldly life for Allah.”
Muhumed said he was “happy with [his decision]” even if he was labeled a terrorist as a result. He said he “asked Allah to forgive him” and to “make [his] mom strong for the decision that [he] made.”
Mohamud Noor is the executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota. He says the number of Somali-American’s leaving to fight with ISIS betrays the involvement of others, because those leaving to fight are too poor to even afford the trip to the battlefield: “Most of [those who left] don’t have the resources to even buy a ticket to go to Chicago. So that means there [are] some influential individuals who are taking advantage of our youth.”
On August 26 The New York Times reported that the first American killed fighting alongside ISIS was 33-year-old McAuthur McCain. He also had ties to Minnesota.
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