Brother of Dearborn native accused of supporting ISIS says he was kidnapped

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 18:58:55-04

A Dearborn native was arraigned on federal charges after it was alleged that he supported the ISIS terrorist organization.

Ibraheem Musaibli was arrested in Syria earlier in July. 

According to the United States Department of Justice, Musaibli, 28, is charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. 

The indictment was announced on Tuesday, July 24, with an investigation that dates back as far as 2015. He was arraigned in Detroit Wednesday. 

Federal prosecutors say Musaibli, who is a natural-born U.S. citizen, was recently picked up by Syrian coalition forces and transferred into U.S. custody.

The Department of Justice's indictment alleges that from April 2015 through June 2018, Musaibli knowingly provided and attempted to provide material support to ISIS in the form of personnel and services, and he did so knowing that ISIS engages in terrorism. 

Musaibli's brother, ‭Abe Musaibli, said in a statement that the media and law enforcement have the facts mixed up and instead, his brother traveled from Iraq to Yemen to help refugees and their families. 

While helping out, Abe Musaibli insists "friends," his brother trusted and turned out to be members of ISIS, kidnapped him and forced him to go to Syria. 

"They took his U.S passport and dragged him into the hell of war. When he refused to support them they imprisoned him, and he was left starving and fending for himself in an ISIS prison," said Abe Musaibli. 

He continued to say that Ibraheem Musaibli somehow gained the trust of his captors by doing favors, but he tried to reach out to his family for help all the while, who in turn called the FBI, but were refused help. 

"My brother has NEVER had any association with any terrorist organization, nor has he ever supported these extremists," said Abe Musaibli. 

Federal agents have also been looking closely at a Facebook page that uses an alias out of Yemen where Musaibli allegedly talked about fighting and dying, and also described martyrdom. 

The high profile charges leveled against Musaibli, who is an Edsel Ford High School dropout and also married with a son, have only recently been unsealed.