I didn't see anything in the linked Star Trib pieces about how many people one of the missing man killed while in Somalia- it was 29. Here's the story on the Minnesota suicide bomber's funeral in Burnsville. (I can't link the exact spot- you have to scroll down to see it).
The Star Trib article on Nov 30th states that the men who were denied seats on the flight were from Abubakar As-Saddique Mosque in Minneapolis.
The Mosque has an attorney who says:
And he said that no one at the mosque encouraged men to return to fight, for any reason. Abubakar is a large mosque with large groups and many instructors, he said. But all the instructors are told to stay away from political talk because the issues are so divisive.
Abubakar As-Saddique is the same mosque who sponsored a 3-day seminar in August of 2007 on the theme "CORRECTING THE PATHWAY FOR REACHING THE GOAL" where Congressman Keith Ellison spoke on "The Importance of Voting". But there's "no political talk" at the mosque.
Speaking of Keith Ellison-The "Somali American Community" (I can't find a website and don't know anything about the organization) brought in Abdullahi Ugas Farah on October 26th of this year to help Keith Ellison promote again the importance of voting......for Democrats.
Ellison: “I need more friends in the senate and congress … honestly, we are in a good shape this time but I need you to help me get Al Franken elected to the senate” he said.
Ugas: Speaking to the crowd, Ugas. Abdullahi said “because we know and trust his intentions, you must help Rep. Keith Ellison … in order for Keith to be helpful to the situation in Somalia, you must also elect Al Franken to the Senate …
I've tried to contact the author of the Oct 26th article describing this event- as I can't find anything out about the organization who hosted it or where it was held. No luck.
This Washington Times piece from Nov 26th does a good job of connecting some of the dots with Somalia and explains a bit more about Mr. Ugas...
I Googled Mr. Farah and came up with one news story, a 2003 brief from the Asia Africa Intelligence Wire headlined, “New Islamic court opens in Mogadishu.” The story reported that Mr. Farah was one of two speakers who presided over the opening ceremony for a new Sharia court in Mogadishu's Shirkole area. From Sharia courts in Mogadishu to an Al Franken rally in Minnesota.I hope our Star Tribune decides to begin some investigative reporting on all of these stories, I'm not holding my breath.