Three men in Minnesota definitely won't be joining Islamist extremist group ISIS, the wealthiest terrorist group in the world, any time soon. The three men were convicted Friday of conspiring to travel to Syria and join the terrorist organization that recently released a hit list of random New Yorkers. It would appear the three Minnesotans didn't learn from the Mississippi woman who pleaded guilty after she and her fiancé were accused of attempting to join ISIS back in March.
According to Time, the feds said Guled Ali Omar, Abdirahman Yasin Daud, and Mohamed Abdihamid Farah face life in prison for conspiring to murder overseas. In an official statement, the feds asserted that the three men tried to join ISIS multiple times.
United States Attorney Andrew Lugar said, "The evidence in this case made clear that the defendants made a deeply personal and deliberate decision back in 2014. They wanted to fight for a brutal terrorist organization, kill innocent people and destroy their own families in the process." The three men were part of a group of six that was busted back in April 2015 for supporting the Islamist militant group, NBC reports.
In addition to conspiracy to murder overseas, the three men were convicted on other accounts including conspiring and attempting to supply material support to a terrorist organization. Farah, a U.S. citizen, and Daud, a Somali citizen but permanent U.S. resident, were both caught in San Diego, Minnesota Public Radio News reports, where they planned to buy fake passports to cross the border to Mexico and fly to Syria. The individual who would sell them their fake passports, however, was a law enforcement officer. Omar and three others were arrested in Minneapolis.
A total of 10 Minnesota residents have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, six of whom pleaded guilty before the trial. Only one of them actually joined ISIS in 2014.