Federal authorities believe that Roble, who previously lived in south Minneapolis, is still alive in Syria. The charges are part of an ongoing FBI investigation into terrorism recruitment in the Twin Cities Somali-American community. Nine other young Twin Cities men await sentencing after being convicted on charges related to their own attempts to join ISIL abroad.
Until Wednesday, Abdi Nur, who is Roble’s uncle, was the only man in the case charged in absentia after making it to Syria. According to testimony at the May trial of three co-defendants, Nur is believed to have since been killed while fighting for ISIL, although his death has not been publicly confirmed.
Roble, 20, is charged in the complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL, for travel preparation in August 2014, and with providing material support to the organization when he allegedly crossed into Syria in December 2014. Roble spent money freely when he traveled first to China, then Turkey, and finally Syria. He bought cars and electronics for fellow jihadists and even financed a few weddings. It doesn't appear that Roble was ever "radicalized," or if he was, there is no discernible transition from peaceful Muslim to warrior for god.
Roble's indictment raises troubling questions for the largest Somali community in America. If there are 11 ISIS supporters we know about, how many are there that we don't know about? If there are, indeed, many more radical ISIS supporters in that community, it shows that authorities are getting little if any assistance from leaders in the Somali community. These terrorists were not turned in voluntarily by Somalis. They were secretly recorded by another Somali who turned informant after being arrested.
None if this reassuring if you're living in Minnesota.
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