The North London Boys is a network of radicalized militants who grew up in a relatively small sliver of northwest London. The North London Boys appear to have been motivated initially by a civil war in Somalia in which Islamist militants took over large areas of territory. Bilal al-Berjawi was considered a close associate to Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the head of Al Qaeda’s operations in East Africa. According to a legal document released in 2012, they were part of “a network of United Kingdom and East African-based Islamist extremists involved in the provision of funds and equipment to Somalia for terrorism-related purposes.” Reported by the New York Times, "a Somali-born Briton who had also left North London for Somalia, Mahdi Hashi, was captured and detained at an American base in Djibouti in August 2012. He was later taken to the United States, where he awaits trial on terrorism-related charges. He denies any links to the Shabab and said he went to live…
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