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Dearborn Man Charged With Supporting ISIS

July 24, 2018 - 6:56 pm

DETROIT ( WWJ) - A Dearborn man charged with providing support to a terrorist organization is identified in an indictment unsealed Tuesday. 

Accused of fighting for ISIS, 28-year-old Ibraheem Musaibli, was captured on an Islamic State battlefield and taken into custody by coalition-backed forces as he tried to flee northern Syria The New York Times reported just after his capture. 

Investigators allege that Musaibli traveled to Syria in 2015 - becoming an ISIS soldier.  

Family members state that Musaibli was lured into traveling overseas and joining ISIS, saying instead, that he went there with the purpose of studying religion.

A Grand Jury contradicts family statements -- alleging that Musaibli knowingly joined forces with the terrorist organization.

“The National Security Division will not tolerate threats to our country from terrorist organizations like ISIS—not least of all those that come from our own citizens,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Musaibli’s alleged provision of material support to ISIS put the United States at risk and may have endangered the lives of countless innocent people. I am confident that he will face justice for his crimes, and I hope that his case sends a clear message that we will hold our citizens accountable who are apprehended overseas and tried to join a terrorist organization such as ISIS. I am also grateful to our law enforcement and military partners who made this prosecution possible.”

“The indictment alleges that, for a substantial period of time, defendant Musaibli provided material support to ISIS — one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world. During that same time, American-backed coalition forces were fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” United States Attorney Matthew Schneider stated. “We will vigorously prosecute anyone who provides, or even attempts to provide, support to terrorists.”

Musaibli will be arraigned Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Detroit -- charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.