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14 charged with aiding Somali terrorist group al-Shabab

By Andy Rice 5 August 2010

The American government announced on Thursday that it arrested fourteen people on charges of supporting the Somali terrorist organisation al-Shabab. Attorney General Eric Holder said that all but one of the arrested are American citizens of Somali descent, and were part of a "deadly pipeline" that has provided money and fighters to al-Shabab. The charges in Minnesota, Alabama and California point to a disturbing trend of increasing support for terrorism within the United States, Holden said. He also said that there was no evidence of a direct threat on the US from al-Shabab, but that attacks, like the one carried out in the capital of Uganda on the evening of the World Cup final, gave pause. Read more: The Washington Post, Newsweek blog, Bloomberg News, The LA Times and the AP

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