A San Diego, USA, woman plead guilty on December 1st to supplying Somalia’s al-Shabaab terrorists with funds for their fighting in Somalia. When first questioned by FBI agents Nima Yusuf denied that she had provided al-Shabaab with approximately $1,450 between February and November 2010. Yusuf, only 25 years old, is a testimony to the ability of al-Shabaab to make some inroads into the Somali diaspora in the United States.
This is not the first time that US Somali’s have been brought to court concerning their support of the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab terrorists. In September of 2010, nineteen Minnesotans of Somali descent were charged with supporting al-Shabaab. Some of those charged were attempting to leave the US to fight alongside al-Shabaab terrorists. Twenty more missing Somalians from Minnesota are assumed to have made their way to Somalia.
In a recently published paper by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, David Shinn, adjunct professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, reports that the Somalian community in the UK is the largest in Europe with more than a quarter of a million people. According to Shinn, Somali community leaders in the UK “fear that up to 100 young men and women have joined al-Shabaab.” Most of the diaspora Somalis fighting for al-Shabaab come from the Nairobi, Kenya suburb of Eastleigh.