Between December 2009 and August 2012 Hashi was a member of al-Shabaab, supporting the group’s “violent extremist agenda” according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
He and two citizens of Sweden left Somalia to travel to Yemen with the intention of joining al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula according to prosecutors cited in Reuters. The three terrorists were intercepted and apprehended in August 2012 while passing through Djibouti thus preventing completion of the journey. Hash was deported to the U.S. in November 2012.
Hashi first came to the United Kingdom with his family when he was five years old according to the DailyMail. CNN wrote that the family was “fleeing the civil was in Somalia.” Hashi’s family has attempted to claim that U.K. intelligence agency MI5 harassed him to join the organization. The organization CAGE has defended Hashi. CAGE advocates for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and has welcomed the release of its prisoners. In 2012 The United Kingdom revoked his citizenship as he faced Islamic terrorism allegations.
“This defendant left his family and his adopted home in the United Kingdom behind so he could offer himself in support of al-Shabaab, a violent terrorist organization that has demonstrated its capabilities and motives in numerous terrorist attacks and that has publicly called for attacks against the United States,” U.S. Attorney Capers said according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that al-Shabaab denotes men such as Hashi as “foreign fighters.” Al-Shabaab has recruited such individuals to live, train and often fight alongside native Somali fighters. [...]