Laura Yuen Feature Archive

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)
Was Mahamud Said Omar an al-Shabab facilitator who steered two waves of American men into the arms of a terrorist organization? Or was he too incompetent to facilitate a jihadist movement? (10/02/2012)
Since 2007, at least 20 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. The FBI has confirmed that two of the recruits became suicide bombers, and seven others are believed to have been killed in the fighting. A mix of nationalism and religious extremism motivated the men to join the fighting. Here is what we know about these men. (10/02/2012)
Opening statements begin today in the trial of a Minneapolis man accused of helping send young Twin Cities men to fight with the Somali terror group al-Shabab. (10/02/2012)
Mahamud Said Omar, a former janitor at a Minneapolis mosque, is charged with facilitating a second wave of young Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia in 2008 to join the extremist group. (10/01/2012)
University Avenue is getting a mini-makeover, and not just the billion-dollar light-rail project that's currently under construction. The subtler transformations are taking shape inside some of the small businesses along this dense urban street in St. Paul. (09/26/2012)