Al-Shabaab's American Pipeline for Terrorism

Somalia-based group recruits young men from Minnesota.
2:10 | 09/23/13

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So who is this terrorist group and what about the fact that some of its members have ties to america? Abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross on the trail of al shabab tonight that's right. It stands for the youth in arabic and in less than a decade it's gone from a local somalia guerrilla group with an unsurpassed ability to get ranks from america. To the dismay of local officials, the twin cities of minneapolis and st. Paul have produced more than 20 of the young recruits to al shabab. I think it certainly is surprising any time you find out middle america has become a hot bed for terrorist recruiting. Reporter: Officials say most of the twin cities' recruits come from neighborhoods where thousands of somali refugees WERE RESETTLED IN THE 1990s AND For many, prosecutors have charged more than a dozen young al shabab recruits with supporting terrorism including some recruited to go to somalia by a man working as a janitor at a minneapolis mosque. He's now convicted. The fact of the matter is that they leave with the intention of doing great violence. Reporter: Community leaders today deployed their he wases to target its young men. We call on muslim youth to shun and reject to brought into extremist groups like al shabab. Reporter: While there is no indication now that any of the americans were involved in the attack on the kenyan mall, the u.S. Recruits including this one from minneapolis have been prominently featured in al shabab's propaganda videos. If you guys only knew how much fun we have over here, this is the real disneyland. Come here and join us. Reporter: Of most concern now is that the group's leaders have plans to take orders from al qaeda and attack u.S. Targets. It hasn't happened yet but they clearly intend to train people, somali americans and send them back to our country. Reporter: Which is why the fbi has been working so hard to track those young americans who have traveled to somalia. An effort that takes on an even greater urgency. You've been telling us there

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