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DOJ Official: America’s Youth In One City ‘Continue To Be The Targets Of An Intense Recruiting Campaign By ISIL’

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A Minneapolis teen has pleaded guilty to using federal money to try to join the Islamic State.

Hanad Mustofe Musse, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with at least eight other people to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, even withdrawing money from his federal, financial-aid college account to do so.

“This defendant made multiple attempts to leave Minnesota to join ISIL – criminal prosecution was the best remaining option to stop him and potentially save his life,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said in a statement. “Twin Cities’ youth continue to be the targets of an intense recruiting campaign by ISIL.  Fighting back is the shared responsibility of a wide cross-section of Minnesotans – parents, religious leaders, teachers, community leaders and law enforcement. We must continue to work together to end the cycle of recruiting.”

Musse admitted that in 2014, he spent several months planning a trip to Syria to join ISIS. He withdrew $2,400 from his federally-financed college fund to use for travel expenses.

Federal agents stopped Musse just as he was about to board the flight for his trip to Syria. He could face up to 15 years in prison.

Hanad Mustafe Musse (Photo: Sherburne County Jail)

Hanad Mustafe Musse (Photo: Sherburne County Jail)

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