Thursday, September 4, 2014

Minneapolis Airport worker turned ISIS fighter had US airline security clearance for nearly a decade, access to tarmac and planes, had 9 children from several mothers. Friend says he joined ISIS because of lack of opportunity in US for Somali-Americans-KMSP

ISIS killer was struggling to support 9 children.

9/3/14, "Details of ISIS fighter's Minneapolis airport security clearance," kmsp, Tom Lyden

"Fox 9 News has obtained more information on the Minneapolis airport work history of a Minnesota man killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria. Abdirahmaan Muhumed – known to airport officials as Abdifatah Ahmed – worked as both a fueler and a cleaner between November 2001 and May 2011.

Law enforcement sources confirm to Fox 9 that Abdifatah Ahmed and Abdirahmaan Muhumed are the same person.

According to the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Ahmed held a Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) security badge intermittently between November 2001 and October 2010 to perform work as a fueler for ASIG, later known as Servisair. Ahmed was again issued a SIDA badge in November 2010 to work as a cleaner for Delta Global Services. Delta Air Lines switched its aircraft cleaner services at MSP Airport from Delta Global Services to Airserve earlier this year.

These jobs gave Ahmed security clearance at the airport, access to the tarmac and access to planes. 

He has not held a security badge to work at MSP Airport since May 2011.

It remains unclear when exactly Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a.k.a. Abdifatah Ahmed, left the Twin Cities to fight with ISIS. He died in the same battle as Douglas McCain, who was also from Minnesota. Authorities estimate that as many as 15 men and one woman have left the Twin Cities to fight with ISIS."

Image of Minneapolis Airport employee who left to fight for ISIS from KMSP

9/2/14, "ISIS fighter worked at Minneapolis airport," kmsp, Tom Lyden

"An airport is probably the last place anyone would want a suspected terrorist to work, but before he died overseas, that's exactly what Abdirahmaan Muhumed did in the Twin Cities. In fact, he may have cleaned your plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Muhumed was the second known Minnesotan killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria, and a Fox 9 exclusive uncovering his employment history is raising a few eyebrows.

Before he died, Muhumed left behind a trail of selfies and questions. Who recruited him to join the terror group, and how did he support himself and 9 children? Multiple sources tell Fox 9 News that, for a time, he worked at a job that gave him security clearance at the airport, access to the tarmac and unfettered access to planes.

Two former employees confirmed working with Muhumed at Delta Global Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines. Earlier this year, the cleaning contract was taken over by another company, Airserv. The Metropolitan Airports Commission is in charge of granting security clearances, but a MAC person told Fox 9 News they could not comment on what Muhumed's were due to the ongoing FBI investigation. Instead, they offered to check with Homeland Security to see if they can release any information at all.

It's unclear how long Muhumed worked at DGS, or when exactly he left the Twin Cities to fight with ISIS. He died in the same battle as Douglas McCain, who was also from Minnesota. Authorities estimate that as many as 15 men and one woman have left the metro to fight with the terror group.

Meanwhile, ISIS is making no secret of the propaganda value it gets from foreign fighters, many of whom are featured prominently on social media. Just last month, ISIS posted pictures of its flag in front of the White House and Chicago's Old Republic building, along with the haunting statement: 

"We are in your state, we are in your cities, we are in your streets."

The question for investigators now may be whether or not they are working at our airports as well; however, it is important to note that Muhumed did not have any criminal history in Minnesota that would have prohibited him from working at the airport. There are also different levels of security clearance there, and it's unknown exactly what level he had." via Mark Steyn


Friend blames America, says root cause of man joining ISIS was America's failure to provide American Dream to the father of 9:

 8/28/14, "'Challenges, lack of opportunity' drove suspected ISIS fighter," kmsp, Maury Glover

"More details about the second Minnesota man who is believed to have died fighting in Syria with the terror group ISIS are emerging, and Twin Cities leaders say his story is an example of a big obstacle for the Somali community.

Those who knew Abdirahmaan Muhumed describe him as an outgoing, gregarious man who was involved in the local politics of the Twin Cities Somali community; however, he was also an angry and frustrated father trying to support 9 children from several different mothers. He did not have a job, and local leaders say that may have led him to seek a different life away from the city of Minneapolis, where he grew up.

"He had so many challenges, lack of opportunities in life," Mohamud Noor told Fox 9 News. "Those are the things that have driven him to be who he is."

Muhumed is believed to be one of more than a dozen Minnesotans who left the country to fight for ISIS in Syria, and the second -- along with former Robbinsdale-Cooper student Douglas McCain -- to be killed in the process....

Somali community organizer Omar Jamal told Fox 9 News that Muhumed's death brings back painful memories of the young men who disappeared from the Twin Cities and turned up fighting for al-Shabaab in Somalia a few years ago. According to Jamal, ISIS appears to be using the same playbook -- recruiting vulnerable young people using videos and social media. So far, he says community leaders haven't come up with a long-term strategy to compete.

"You have the same combination of vulnerable kids susceptible to crazy ideas, dissolution, giving up hope on achieving the American Dream," Jamal said. "What's the alternative to fight against these people? We have to come together and do something about this."

Leader Abdi Bihi pegs the root of the problem on a lack of economic opportunity for Somali-Americans."


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