Detroit-Area Man Convicted of Aiding ISIS in Syria

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
February 1, 2023US News
Detroit-Area Man Convicted of Aiding ISIS in Syria
Ibraheem Musaibli. (U.S. District Court)

DETROIT—A Detroit-area man who was captured on a Syrian battlefield in 2018 has been convicted on charges of providing support to the ISIS terrorist group and attending one of the group’s training camps, prosecutors said.

A federal jury convicted Ibraheem Izzy Musaibli, 32, on Monday of charges of providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, conspiring to provide material support to the group, and attending an ISIS training camp.

The Dearborn, Michigan, man faces a maximum 50-year prison sentence at his sentencing, which is set for May 11, federal prosecutors said.

Musaibli’s lawyer, John Shea, declined to comment on Monday’s verdict, The Detroit News reported.

Musaibli, a natural-born U.S. citizen, was captured by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in 2018, flown back to the United States and charged in July 2018. He was convicted following a 9-day trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit, prosecutors said.

According to evidence presented at his trial, Musaibli traveled to Yemen in April 2015 and continued his previous research into ISIS there, including downloading propaganda from the group and a book on how to get into Syria.

He then traveled in the fall of 2015 from Yemen to Syria, where he attended a religious training camp run by ISIS before undergoing military training, according to trial evidence.

After graduating from ISIS’s military training camp, Musaibli swore allegiance to the group and its leader and remained with the group for over 2.5 years, prosecutors said.

“Ibraheem Musaibli traveled halfway around the world and joined a vicious, brutal, and violent terrorist organization known—and proud of—its barbaric acts of terror,” U.S. Attorney Dawn N. Ison said in a news release.

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