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Federal prosecutors have charged two Minnesota men with providing material support for terrorism. One of the men, 20-year-old Abdi Nur, was charged in absentia, because he is believed to be currently fighting for the terror group ISIS in Syria. The other man, 18-year-old Abdullah Yusuf, was intercepted this summer at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport while allegedly attempting to travel to Turkey to fight for ISIS.  Yusuf was arrested Tuesday morning in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. and will be arraigned in Federal Court in Minneapolis at 2 p.m.

According to the charges, Nur assisted Yusuf with making travel arrangements to travel to Syria. The FBI first learned of Yusuf's plans when a passport agent became concerned because Yusuf was traveling to Turkey by himself, with no family and no financial means. The charges detail how in the weeks that followed the FBI monitored Yusuf's whereabouts. At the time, he was attending Heritage Academy Charter School in southeast Minneapolis. Earlier this year, Yusuf testified before a grand jury investigating a dozen young men who had left Minnesota to fight for the terror group ISIS.  Investigators say Abdi Nur left for Syria last summer. His whereabouts are unknown.

Read more: MyFOX9 (Minneapolis-St.Paul)

Nigeria's ambassador to the US has criticised Washington for refusing to sell his government "lethal" weapons to fight militant Islamists.  Nigeria needed support to deliver the "killer punch", not "light jabs" against the Boko Haram group, Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye said.

His comments came as the militants seized the north-eastern Mahia town.

The US has previously ruled out heavily arming the Nigerian military because of its alleged poor human rights record.

Read More:  BBC News

A Detroit jury today found a Palestinian immigrant guilty of not disclosing that she had been convicted in a 1969 Israel bombing when she was applying for U.S. citizenship.  Rasmieh Odeh, 67, was accused by prosecutors of being a terrorist who killed Israelis in 1969 and then lied about it when trying to become a U.S. citizen. Odeh used to live in Michigan and is now in Chicago, where she works for the Arab American Action Network. She was not charged with any terrorism crime, but with immigration violations.

Odeh could face up to ten years in prison for her conviction and be stripped of her U.S. citizenship. After the verdict, Odeh said outside the courthouse: "We have to bring the justice together..I'm strong & I ask all of you to be strong...We are the strongest people, not the government...We are stronger."  In a statement, her supporters called today's verdict "a travesty of justice," saying that Odeh did "not get a full and fair trial."

Source: Detroit Free Press

Egypt's deadliest militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State organisation in Iraq and Syria, in a recording posted on its Twitter account on Monday.  The announcement is the most significant pledge of support for IS in the region outside Iraq and Syria, suggesting its influence over militant groups is overshadowing its once dominant Al-Qaeda rivals.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has waged an insurgency from its Sinai Peninsula stronghold that has killed scores of policemen and soldiers since the Egyptian army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

It was not immediately clear whether Ansar Beit al-Maqdis's pledge would mean a shift in tactics to attack Western targets in Egypt, as demanded by IS.  The group has so far focused its attacks on security forces, and once bombed a tourist bus on the border with Israel, killing three South Koreans.

Source: Al Monitor

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New evidence entered in a terror-related hearing today provides unique insight into the minds of three teenagers -– including a 17-year-old girl –- as prosecutors say they decided to try to make their way to Syria where at least one meant to join a brutal terrorist group.  Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, appeared in a Chicago court today for a pretrial hearing in which it was revealed that when he was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare airport last month for allegedly trying to join the terror group ISIS, authorities also stopped his two younger siblings who were traveling with him.

Today the government entered into evidence writings from all three teenagers in which they attempt to explain their motives for leaving a “comfortable” life in the U.S. for one of jihad halfway around the world.  All three start their letters to their parents by begging them not to call the police.

Federal officials allege Khan’s plan was to meet up with a contact in Turkey, whom he had met online, to facilitate travel into Syria or Iraq, where ISIS operates.  Investigators say he worked a retail job to save up $2,600 for three tickets to Istanbul.

Read more: ABC