Three weeks ago, at least three Minnesota woman allegedly traveled to Syria to aid Islamic State, also known as ISIS, militants.
The young women said they intended to become nurses so they could tend to injured ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq, Omar Jamal, a leader of the Somali community in St. Paul, told the Daily Mail.
The family of one 19-year-old girl was subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury later this month. The girl is the daughter of a single mother-of-five who is from Somalia. Before she left America she was taking classes at al-Farook Youth and Family Center in Minneapolis, which is believed to be an ISIS recruiting ground.
She allegedly traveled out of the country on a false passport.
Jamal believes there are two other Minnesota women who fled to the Middle East as well.
“Their identity is not known because their families have not contacted the authorities,” Jamal told the MailOnline. “They have gone to Syria but as there are no official reports of them we do not know who they are.”
Jamal says the 19-year-old was preparing to start nursing class at St. Paul College when she vanished. He said he doesn’t believe she would be placed on the front lines, but she will likely be married off to an ISIS fighter.
“What we don't know is whether al-Farook is part of the problem or part of the solution right now,” said Jamal. “And who is Amir Meschal? Where did he come from? Did he recruit these girls?”
Meschal is believed to be an ISIS recruiter who has been talking to kids at the school.
A 33-year-old Minneapolis man, Douglas McArthur McCain, allegedly died in the service of ISIS during a clash with the Free Syrian Army in August. His family reportedly had no idea he was affiliated with the terrorist organization, KARE 11 reported. They said he told them he was headed to Turkey and that was the last they saw of him.
Colorado teen Shannon Conley, 19, pleaded guilty in Denver federal court to terrorism charges after she was arrested in April for trying to leave the country to join ISIS. She wore a hijab during her court appearance this week.
Interpol is looking for two Austrian girls who disappeared from their Vienna homes in April. Samra Kesinovic, 16, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, said they were headed for Syria to join ISIS.
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