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Feds: 3 Michigan Men Arrested For Conspiracy To Support ISIS

January 22, 2019 - 4:59 pm

LANSING (WWJ) - Three Michigan men have been arrested for conspiring to support the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, the terrorist group known as ISIS. 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Muse Abdikadir Muse at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids Monday afternoon,, after checking in for a flight to the first of a series of destinations on his way to Mogadishu, Somalia. 

A short time later, law enforcement arrested alleged co-conspirators Mohamud Abdikadir Muse and Mohamed Salat Haji.

Federal authorities say all three defendants are naturalized U.S. citizens who were born in Kenya and are now Lansing residents. 

According to a criminal complaint, the purpose of Muse Muse's trip was to join and fight for ISIS. The other two men knew that, it's alleged, and they helped him buy his plane ticket and helped him get to the airport. 

The complaint asserts that all three defendants pledged allegiance to ISIS through videos they recorded themselves. Muse Muse and Haji allegedly discussed with each other their desire to join ISIS, to kill non-believers, and even to potentially use a car for a martyrdom operation to run down non-believers in the U.S. if they could not travel overseas to fight for ISIS.

[For more details, view the criminal complaint HERE; and a continuation sheet HERE]

Following the arrests, federal agents executed search warrants at a residence shared by Mohamud Muse and Muse Muse.

Each of the men faces a charge of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, which is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.