Department of Justice officials on Thursday announced charges against 14 U.S. residents — the majority of them American citizens — for allegedly providing money and services to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab.
Four of the defendants are accused of providing material support for the Somali terrorist group. Ten others are charged with leaving the United States to join the organization.
“The indictments unsealed today shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to the al-Shabaab terror organization from cities across the United States,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said. “While our investigations are ongoing around the country, these arrests and charges should serve as an unmistakable warning to others considering joining terrorist groups like al Shabaab — if you choose this route you can expect to find yourself in a U.S. jail cell or a casualty on the battlefield in Somalia.”