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Officials: Terror suspect arrested in Minnesota, accused of trying to help others join ISIS

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A Minnesota man is in custody after he allegedly tried to help nine people leave the country to join ISIS.

Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame was arrested on Thursday night.

According to an affidavit, Warsame and several other men watched videos of religious violence and allegedly spoke about traveling to Syria to fight with ISIS.

At one point, authorities say Warsame became the leader of a group of Somali-Americans who tried to flee the country and join the terrorist organization.

“Warsame immediately encouraged those with passports and money to travel to Syria by the end of the upcoming summer,” the affidavit reads.

Officials say Warsame tried to obtain a passport, but was initially denied.

After several of his co-conspirators failed to reach Syria, authorities say Warsame planned to make it to Somalia and wait for ISIS to expand into that region.

Warsame was arrested for conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The nine other men involved in the investigation have been charged.

Three have pleaded guilty, five will head to trial next year and one is believed to have made it to Syria.