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A Minnesota man is facing terrorism charges for allegedly aiding ISIS is Syria, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, Abdelhamid Al-Madioum was vacationing with his family in Morocco in 2015 when he secretly booked a flight to Istanbul, and then traveled to Syria. He’s accused of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Al-Madioum, a native of Morocco and naturalized U.S. citizen, was 18 when he left for Syria. During his family’s 2-month vacation in Syria he said he was not feeling well before dinner and the next day, he was gone, leaving behind only his cellphone and passport. 

According to a search warrant obtained by the Associated Press, investigators found handwritten notes in his home detailing how he could route money through various accounts and a rehearsed backstory. Al-Madioum was reportedly recruited by ISIS through propaganda on Twitter.

According to the indictment, between July 8, 2015, through March 15, 2019, Al-Madioum provided material support and resources, including personnel and services to ISIS.

Al-Madioum was detained by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along with other ISIS fighters and was then transferred to FBI custody.

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Trump warns that Biden ‘will turn Minnesota into a refugee camp’ full of people from Somalia like Democrat Ilhan Omar

PRESIDENT Donald Trump told a Minnesota rally on Friday that Joe Biden would turn the state into a "refugee camp" with people from Somalia like Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Trump warns that Biden 'will turn Minnesota into a refugee camp' full of people from Somalia like Democrat Ilhan Omar

Speaking in Bemidji, Trump said: “Biden has promised a 700 percent increase in the importation of refugees from the most dangerous places in the world."

4Trump is attempting to flip Minnesota red and snap up its electoral votesCredit: EPA

“Every family in Minnesota needs to know about sleepy Joe Biden’s extreme plan to flood your state with an influx of refugees from Somalia and from other places all over the planet. That’s what’s happened, and you like Omar a lot, don’t you?” he said.

In a further jibe at the Democrat, Trump said he would deport criminals so that they could "complain" in their own country and riffed on rumors she committed immigration fraud by marrying her brother.

“We talk about AOC being crooked … Look at Omar," he said.

"She came in here. Did she marry her brother? Where’s that writer? The writer should be given the Pulitzer Prize.”

4Biden and Trump are both campaigning in Minnesota as Election Day approachesCredit: Getty Images - Getty

"You will be overrun and destroyed," Trump warned.

Trump's visit to Minnesota's Iron Range region is part of a strategy to flip the state, which he lost to Hillary Clinton by a few percentage points in 2016.

4The Trump campaign is making a push in Minnesota's mining regionCredit: Reuters

In his speech, Trump played up his record on trade, saying his tariffs on Chinese imports had bolstered Minnesota's steel industry.

But he mostly stuck to cultural arguments, drawing a contrast between the Iron Range, which has swung conservative in recent years, and the state's solidly blue cities, home of Omar, a frequent target for Trump.

4Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose family hails from Somalia, is a frequent target of Trump's ireCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Minnesota is home to a Somali refugee population of more than 50,000 - and Omar herself, now a US citizen, came to Minnesota as a refugee.

Trump also touted his administration's willingness to deport a number of Somali refugees - a move that drew criticism from Omar and immigration lawyers.

“Today we deported, as you know very well, dozens of Somali nationals charged or convicted with very grave crimes including rape, assault, robbery, terrorism and murder," he said.

"These hardened criminals are back in their country, where they can do all the complaining they want, and your children are much safer as a result, thank you President Trump.”

What Trump described as "Sleepy Joe's plan to flood your state with refugees" is likely a reference to Biden's promise to admit 95,000 refugees a year if elected, up from 18,000 a year under Trump.

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That would represent a 400 percent increase, but would leave the US trailing smaller countries such as Turkey and Germany.

The United States was home to 347,000 refugees in 2019, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

That represents one-tenth of one percent of the US population.

A 400 percent increase would bring that number to half of one percent of the US population.

 

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