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ISIL case trial triggers fear in a community
As jurors deliberate the fate of three men charged with conspiring to support the terrorist group ISIL, Twin Cities Somali community members are bracing for the verdict in a trial that already has created divisions in the community and disturbances in the courtroom.
Abdirahman Daud, 22; Mohamed Farah, 22, and Guled Omar, 21, are charged with conspiring to follow other Minnesotans to Syria between 2014 and 2015 in an effort to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The jury completed its first full day of deliberations Thursday afternoon and is expected to resume Friday morning.
At a recent community meeting Daud's mother, Farhiyo Mohamed, and Farah's mother, Ayan, said they have felt isolated from friends because people fear they will come under government scrutiny if they lend the families support.
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