Dearborn native captured in northern Syria, accused of fighting for ISIS

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 18:25:35-04

Ibraheem Musaibli, a 28-year-old Dearborn native, was captured by American-backed forces in northern Syria, accused of fighting for the terrorist group known as ISIS, according to The New York Times which reported that Musaibli and a woman from Indiana have been indicted in sealed court proceedings.

"My brother was tricked into going to Syria to learn more about Islam and work there. However, the so-called Muslim friend that invited him there turned out to be terrorists, but my brother found out. He tried everything to escape but I heard they took his last passport," said Abe Musaibli, Ibraheem's brother. 

Abe Musaibli told 7 Action News that his brother left Dearborn with his wife and son a few years ago, and, from there, Ibraheem went to Syria. 

Ibraheem Musaibli became disillusioned with the militants and wanted out, but negotiations with U.S. officials to turn himself in broke down, according to The New York Times.

He remains in a holding facility as U.S. officials work to return him to America for prosecution.  

"My brother would never harm anyone, and he is a very trusting person," said Abe Musaibli. "That is why I am asking that the FBI or whoever is leading this investigation to not question him without an attorney present because this is still America and he has rights."