Abdifatah Yusuf Isse told investigators he grabbed the free ticket to see his grandmother in his homeland. But after arriving, he joined up with Somali militants allied with al-Qaida. Though he later escaped and returned to the U.S., he was arrested in February at Seattle's airport.
Isse's story echoes claims made by relatives of some other Somali men who have disappeared from Minneapolis over the past 18 months, a group believed to be as large as 20. Three have died in Somalia.
Infants or toddlers when their families fled Somalia's civil war, most of the men were preoccupied by adulthood with American concerns: school, sports and girls. But once they were in Somalia, Isse and the others trained with al-Shabab, which the U.S. State Department calls a terrorist organization. Their disappearances prompted a federal investigation that has raised fears that the American passport holders could pose a threat to the U.S.
Some, like Isse, appear to have stumbled from American life into circumstances they didn't fully understand. But others — including one man who blew himself up in a suicide attack last year — may not have been so clueless when they traveled to the lawless East African country.
Their families, though, are convinced their sons were targeted by recruiters .more..http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_12926407?nclick_check=1