Two Somali Refugees Arrested Trying to Join ISIS In Arizona


Two men who came to the U.S. from Somali as refugees were arrested for trying to join ISIS. The men were being surveilled by the FBI for a while as they plotted and after things took a serious turn the FBI made their move and arrested them.

They were trying to board a flight from Arizona to Egypt when the FBI grabbed them. Now, Omar will get annoyed when she is asked about this and she has made it clear she doesn’t think it is fair that she should always be asked to denounce the more radical elements of Islam, but she should get on record as denouncing this.

From The Washington Examiner: In a Monday press release, the Justice Department announced the arrests of Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and Abdi Yemani Hussein. Both defendants came to the U.S. as refugees from Somalia, although Mohamed had obtained permanent resident status. They were arrested while attempting to board a flight at Tucson International Airport on Friday.

According to the affidavit in the case, the two men were being surveilled by an undercover FBI agent who was pretending to be a supporter of ISIS. Mohamed allegedly started talking to the undercover agent on an unnamed social media platform last August, continuing with another undercover agent in December.

“I love jihad so much,” the court document details. Mohamed allegedly told the second undercover employee in December, “If I go to Syria I want to be the beheading person, … I want to kill them so many I am thirsty their blood.”

From DOJ Release:

John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Michael Bailey, the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, Michael McGarrity, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, and Sean Kaul, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office, announced that on July 26, Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and Abdi Yemani Hussein, were arrested for conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.   

According to the criminal complaint, the defendants had been in communication with an FBI undercover employee whom they believed was a supporter of ISIS ideology. 

These communications revealed the defendants’ desire to travel overseas in order to fight on behalf of ISIS or to conduct an attack within the United States if they were unable to travel.  Ultimately, the defendants purchased airline tickets to travel to Egypt, with the intention to travel on to Sinai and join ISIS. 

FBI agents arrested Mohamed and Hussein after they checked in for their flight at the Tucson International Airport in Arizona.

According to court documents, both defendants came to the United States as refugees from Somalia.  At the time of their arrest, Mohamed had obtained lawful permanent resident status and Hussein remained a refugee.

The prosecution is being handled by Kevin C. Hakala and Beverly Anderson, Assistant United States Attorneys in the District of Arizona, and Alicia Cook, Trial Attorney with the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.