Laura Yuen Feature Archive

Defense attorneys described Mahamud Said Omar as "a frightened little man" who was "not capable of running anything." But a federal jury in Minneapolis didn't buy it. Omar was guilty on five counts of aiding the extremist group al-Shabab with logistical and financial assistance. (10/18/2012)
A Minneapolis jury has found a Minnesota man guilty of helping the extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia with logistical and financial assistance. (10/18/2012)
Mahamud Said Omar may not have been the one who indoctrinated several young Twin Cities men to fight for a terrorist group, but he helped steer them into a deadly pipeline to Somalia, according to a federal prosecutor in closing arguments in Omar's terrorism trial Wednesday. (10/17/2012)
Some of the most incriminating evidence against a Minneapolis man accused of aiding a Somali terror group appears to have come from his own statements to the FBI. (10/16/2012)
A Minnesota man accused of sending cash and fighters to a Somali terrorism group told the FBI he was a "team leader" for al-Shabab, according to testimony in federal court Tuesday. (10/16/2012)
Phone records tracked by the FBI show a Minneapolis man accused of supporting a Somali terror group exchanged hundreds of calls and text messages with a second wave of al-Shabab recruits from the Twin Cities. (10/15/2012)
A Minnesota man who traveled to Somalia to fight Ethiopian troops told a federal jury Thursday it was the biggest mistake of his life. (10/11/2012)
What began as a quest to become a "good Muslim" took a young suburban Twin Cities man to a battlefield in Somalia. (10/11/2012)
A third Twin Cities man recruited to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia told a federal jury on Wednesday he was convinced he would be a "good Muslim" by joining the war in his homeland. (10/10/2012)
Defense attorneys turned up the heat Tuesday on a key government witness in the federal terrorism trial of Mahamud Said Omar. (10/09/2012)
The federal trial of Mahamud Said Omar, the Twin Cities man accused of sending money and Twin Cities recruits to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia, resumes today. (10/09/2012)
Testimony from two witnesses at a Minneapolis terror trial provides a firsthand glimpse into how young Minnesota men were encouraged to wage a holy war in the Horn of Africa. Authorities believe more than 20 from the state joined al-Shabab. About nine are believed dead. (10/05/2012)
If it weren't for a skin rash, two Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia to join radical insurgents might still be there today. Instead, the young men are cooperating witnesses for the federal government in the trial of a 46-year-old former janitor from Minneapolis. (10/05/2012)
A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists testified Wednesday afternoon in the terror trial of a man charged with facilitating a pipeline of fighters to Somalia. (10/04/2012)
The mother of a Minneapolis men killed in Somalia while fighting for a terrorist group said her son wouldn't have been able to travel back to his homeland in 2008 without help. (10/03/2012)