Minnesota mother ‘shocked’ that 2 sons face terror charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adnan Abdihamid Farah’s parents took his passport away last year when it came in the mail, and his mother would later tell authorities she feared her son would “disappear.”

She also stopped the 19-year-old from traveling with his brother, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, when the siblings told her they were going to Chicago. Mohamed — who was older and given more freedom — made the trip and instead ended up in San Diego, where authorities say he was bound for Mexico and ultimately the Islamic State group in Syria.

“I cry all day,” their mother, Ayan Farah, said Wednesday. “I don’t know what happened.”

The brothers are among six Minnesota men of Somali descent charged this week with terrorism-related offenses, accused of attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Family members have expressed shock to see the men caught up in a terror investigation, but people who track such cases say it’s not uncommon for sibling relationships to play a role in recruiting…

Sudden Jihad Syndrome: more common than you think.

  • Mal

    She’s shocked and stunned; and not a little amazed.
    Where’s a clip of Billy Connolly when I need it?

  • UCSPanther

    She shouldn’t be. Her two sons ran off to throw their lives away and they got caught.

    • Alain

      That is most likely why she is “shocked”, that they got caught.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’m shocked that she is shocked.

    • Canadian

      Yes. Her shock is shocking!

  • I am not shocked.

    • bob e

      i’m still in shock ..

  • Sharkibark

    Hi – My name is Mohammed, this is my brother Mohemad, and this is my other brother Mohamed.

    • Canadian

      I stayed up nights to watch Newhart!

  • Mickey Oberman

    Today’s Globe & Mail wants to know why Canada does not seek to save and repatriate its citizens who go to the Middle East to join terrorist groups as the Americans do.
    Typical G&M stupidity.
    Those Canadians should immediately have their Canadian citizenship revoked and should be banned from ever entering Canada. They are turncoats, traitors.
    They lit their own fire. Now let them fry. Canada should no longer feel obliged to protect or defend those who would destroy it nor should we go to the least expense on their behalf or contribute to their families expenses to rescue them.

    • Blacksmith

      And when they leave to wage jihad their families should be rounded up and sent after them, that would put a stop to it if there are any real ‘moderates’.

  • Blacksmith

    “I cry all day,” their mother, Ayan Farah, said Wednesday. “I don’t know what happened.”
    Let me help you here….. Islam.