They slipped away quietly, not telling family or friends where they were going or why.
Days later, the young Somali men turned up in their homeland to bear arms with Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaida. Counterterrorism officials worried that they might return to carry out an attack on U.S. soil.
A year ago, that was the disturbing scenario unfolding in Minneapolis. It spurred the largest federal anti-terrorism investigation since Sept. 11, and investigators spent months connecting the dots to determine who recruited about 20 local Somalis to jihad.
Now it's clear that the Twin Cities disappearances were far from an isolated case.
From Sweden to Australia, officials are beginning to grapple with the reality that young Somalis in their countries have been doing the same thing.
Dozens of Somali men from Great Britain reportedly received terrorist training in Somalia during the past year, with some returning recently to London. Twenty more left Stockholm in the past six months to join the Islamist insurgency in Somalia. A handful have been killed.To read full Minnespolis Star-Tribune story — Go Here Now.
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