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U.S. judge asked to detain alleged terror recruit

Abdullahi Yusuf was arrested last week, six months after FBI agents stopped him at the Minneapolis airport

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Federal prosecutors are asking a Minnesota judge to reconsider the release of a man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Abdullahi Yusuf was arrested last week, six months after FBI agents stopped him at the Minneapolis airport as he prepared to leave the United States. He’s charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

A magistrate judge released Yusuf to his parents after his attorney pointed out he hadn’t fled during the six months he was being investigated.

But federal prosecutors argue Yusuf deceived his parents when he first prepared to travel and is a good bet to do it again.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday afternoon before the chief federal judge for Minnesota, Michael Davis.