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Prosecutors: Minn. man steered recruits to Somalia


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Minnesota man facing federal terror charges directed young men and teens into the violence of the Somali civil war.

In opening statements Tuesday in Minneapolis, prosecutors portrayed Mahamud Said Omar as being heavily involved in getting Somali men in Minneapolis -- some as young as 17 years -- to join the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Kovats said three men who traveled to Somalia will testify about their experiences with Omar and al-Shabab.

Defense attorney Andrew Birrell said in his opening statement that the government isn't claiming that Omar ever spoke or acted against the United States.

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