A 23-year-old Minnesota man, Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, was convicted Wednesday of providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The Morocco-born naturalized U.S. citizen was trained to unleash suicide attacks in Europe.
Al-Madioum graduated from Hopkins High School, a public school in Minnetonka, Minnesota in 2014. In 2015, he was a student at Normandale Community College and working part-time in the school’s IT department.
Al-Madioum reached out to ISIS members and representatives on the social media platform Twitter when he was 18 years old.
According to court documents, in June 2015, Al-Madioum traveled with his family to Morocco for a two-month vacation. Weeks later then weeks later, with the help of ISIS and unbeknownst to his parents, he traveled alone to Mosul, Iraq via Turkey and Syria.
Once in Mosul, Al-Madioum received military training from the Islamic terrorist group. He was assigned as a soldier in a ISIS battalion whose duties included “preparing foreign fighters to conduct suicide attacks in European countries,” according to the documents. The unit’s founder was the mastermind behind terror attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Belgium in 2016.
Al-Madioum went on to serve until he lost his arm in a 2016 drone strike. He told CBS News in September 2019, that his wife was killed in that same strike. He says their two children are missing.
Al-Madioum told investigators he remained in ISIS, and continued to receive a stipend, until he surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria in March of 2019. He was brought back to the United States in September of 2020.
In September 2019, when CBS’s Holly Williams rushed to Syria to interview the ISIS terrorist, while he was being held in a prison. “I will be very honest with you,” Al-Madioum told the sympathetic left-wing reporter, “I thought I was going to come and help people.”
During the interview, Al-Madioum pretended he never fought for ISIS, despite U.S. military documents proving he was lying.
Al-Madioum told the report he was interrogated by FBI agents, who said he could face 15 years in prison in the U.S. “Fifteen years is a very long time for mistakes you made coming to Syria,” declared the terrorist, adding that he deserved to be forgiven.
Watch Abdelhamid Al-Madioum’s 2019 from a prison cell in Syria.
Minnesota Terrorist Hotbed
Al-Madioum is among several Muslims in Minnesota who left the U.S. to join the Islamic State group. Minnesota has lead the nation for years in the number of muslims seeking to fight alongside Islamic terrorist groups.
Minnesota has the highest number of muslim refugees per capita nationwide, according to the U.S. Census and refugee-support agencies. With 2 percent of the nation’s population, Minnesota has 13 percent of its refugees.
The number of “Islamic refugees” will grow exponentially under open-borders Joe Biden’s rule. As previously reported at RAIR Foundation USA, Biden has vowed to flood America with 700% more “refugees” from terrorist hotspots around the world through the corrupt U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
540 elected officials from all 50 States have been fighting to get President Trump to welcome even more ‘refugees’. The following list consists of Minnesota representatives vying for more potentially dangerous refugees. (See the names of all 540 officials in 50 states, here) Make sure to vote these representatives out of office when they come up for re-election.
Peter Fischer, State Representative, Maplewood
Jacob Frey, Mayor, Minneapolis
Cam Gordon, Councilmember, Minneapolis
Alice Hausman, State Representative, Saint Paul
Kaohly Her, State Representative, Saint Paul
Melissa Hortman, State Representative, Brooklyn Park
Mitra Jalali, Councilmember, Saint Paul
Frank Jewell, County Commissioner, Duluth
Andrew Johnson, Councilmember, Minneapolis
Sydney Jordan, State Representative, Minneapolis
Fue Lee, State Representative, Saint Paul
Jamie Long, State Representative, Minneapolis
John Marty, State Senator, Roseville
Rena Moran, State Representative, Saint Paul
Beth Olson, County Commissioner, Duluth
Rafael E. Ortega, County Commissioner, Saint Paul
Sandy Pappas, State Senator, Saint Paul
Dave Pinto, State Representative, Saint Paul
Victoria Reinhardt, County Commissioner, White Bear Lake
Cory Springhorn, Councilmember, Shoreview
Jay Xiong, State Representative, Saint Paul