updated 7:42 AM MDT, Jul 30, 2017

Americas

Clarification: AF-Somalia-US story



MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — In a story Feb. 12, The Associated Press reported that the U.S., the U.K. and other countries have expressed concerns that Somali money-transfer agencies are being used to help fund Islamic extremist groups. According to a 2013 statement from Barclays bank, the U.K. regulatory body Financial Conduct Authority said some money-transfer agencies were complicit in such activities.

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US. anti-extremism initiative divides Twin Cities Somali community

The Twin Cities' Somali-American community and religious leaders are divided over an anti-terrorism initiative that aims to deter young Muslims from enlisting with the Islamic State and other violent extremist groups.

Even while a delegation of local officials heads to the White House for a Wednesday conference about the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program, other local leaders plan to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to raise concerns about the same program.

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US. banks cut off Money transfers to Somalia amid terrorism concerns



Moe Jii works behind the counter of Dahabshil, a money transfer company, in Falls Church. The U.S. government and banks are shutting down cash transfers to Somalia because of fears of fraud and funds going to terrorism. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
By Pamela Constable

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Somali American leaders seek White House support to prevent Americans from joining terror groups


Abdisalam Adam, a Minneapolis mosque leader, is one of eight Somali-American professionals to represent the Twin Cities at a White House summit. Hart Van Denburg | MPR News

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger and Twin Cities Somali-American community leaders head to the White House next week to seek millions of dollars for a strategy that they hope will help stem the flow of homegrown fighters for terror groups overseas.

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Merchants Bank of California shuts down informal remittances to Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A man raises his cane in anger outside Somalia's largest money transfer company. He is furious that the Merchants Bank of California has announced it will shut down accounts for informal money-remittance services in Somalia that have been a lifeline to many Somalis who receive money from families abroad.

"If they close the hawala (Somali for money transfer agency), will they pay our bills? I'm totally hopeless." said Zahra Hussein, a mother of nine in Mogadishu, outside an agency where she received the news.

Money transfer services have operated for years, but they are now under intense scrutiny as many countries, especially the U.S. and U.K., have accused the agencies of helping fund Islamic extremist terrorist groups. That concern has forced some international banks to terminate business with them — anti-terror laws hold banks responsible if they transfer money to criminal or terror elements.

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