MINNEAPOLIS — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet.
After losing his $15-an-hour job fueling airliners in Minneapolis, the Somali-American father of nine survived on low-wage jobs and public assistance. He complained about working hard, but never having enough money. His circumstances worsened when he was ordered to pay more than $700 a month to support three of his children — including one less than a year old.
Months later, he surfaced in Syria, where he went to fight for the Islamic State.