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Al-Shabaab recruitment video features men who traveled from Mpls to Somalia for jihad

This still from the video shows when Dahir Gure left Minnesota and when he died in Somalia.
This still from the video shows when Dahir Gure left Minnesota and when he died in Somalia.

Al-Shabaab's latest recruitment video features the stories of three men who traveled from Minneapolis to Somalia for jihad.

All three men left for Somalia in 2007 or 2008 and were dead within two years.

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In the video, Troy Kastigar, a Native American who converted to Islam in 2004, tells viewers, "This is the real Disney Land."

"You need to come over here, join us, and take pleasure in this fun," Kastigar adds.

Al-Shabaab is a Somali-based al-Qaeda cell.

The video has since been removed from YouTube, but two journalists with expertise on Somalia watched it and tweeted out details, including stills of the men.

From Mukhtar Ibrahim:

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More commentary on the film comes from a freelance journalist in Mogadishu who focuses on "Al-Shabaab and the growing Jihadi Ideology."

In a Fox 9 report , Abdi Bihi, who works with Somali youth in Minneapolis and whose nephew went to Somalia and died, says the film "is targeting, for the first time, specifically our young men and women."

According to the Fox report, the FBI is especially concerned about the production values of the film, since they are so much better than previous al-Shabaab offerings.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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