A Series of Al Shabaab-Related Indictments Unsealed in November 2010
Updated: December 6, 2010
Posted: November 9, 2010
A series of indictments unsealed in November 2010 illustrate the continued support among U.S. residents for a Somali-based terrorist organization with links to Al Qaeda.
In two indictments unsealed on November 2 and November 3, 2010, three San Diego residents, a man from Minneapolis and another from St. Louis were arrested and indicted on terror financing charges and conspiracy to provide material support to Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organization based in Somalia. A sixth defendant indicted on similar charges, Kenya and Somalia resident Duane Mohamed Diriye, remains at large.
The three San Diego men – Basaaly Saeed Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud and Issa Doreh – were arrested October 31 and November 1 and are accused of transferring money to Al Shabaab at the request of Aden Hashi Ayrow, the former military leader of the terrorist group. According to the indictment, Moalin coordinated the fundraising efforts and money transfers with Mohamud and Doreh. They reportedly sent approximately $9000 to Al Shabaab in 2007 and 2008. After Ayrow's death in May 2008, the men allegedly continued to transfer money to Al Shabaab.
Moalin, a taxi driver, reportedly taught weekend classes at the local Somali mosque. Mohamud, an imam, has led prayer services at Masjid Al-Ansar for the past 10 years.
Another indictment, returned in the same California federal court in November 2010 and unsealed on December 3, 2010, charged Anaheim resident Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud, 35, with conspiring with Moalin, Mohamud, and Doreh to provide money to Al Shabaab. All four men face the same charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and a foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
A separate indictment charging a San Diego woman with providing personnel and money to Al Shabaab was unsealed in a California federal court two weeks after Moalin, Mohamud, and Doreh’s indictment. U.S. permanent resident Nima Ali Yusuf, 24, who was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Al Shabaab and making false statements in a matter involving international terrorism, was arrested on November 12, 2010.
The other indictment filed in St. Louis federal court alleges that Mohamud Abdi Yusuf, a taxi driver, sent money to Al Shabaab supporters in Somalia, including Duane Mohamed Diriye. In Somalia, Diriye allegedly facilitated the receipt of the funds and transferred the money to members of Al Shabaab. Yusuf is also charged with conspiring with Abdi Mahdi Hussein, an employee of a licensed money remitting business, to structure the financial transactions in order to evade law enforcement detection.
Since the fall of 2007, more than 20 Somali-Americans have traveled to Somalia to join Al Shabaab. Several other Americans have been charged with attempting to leave the U.S. to join the Somali-based terrorist group. In addition, others have been indicted on charges of providing funds to Al Shabaab.