VIDEO: Muslim from Dearborn captured on an Islamic State battlefield

His family is claiming that he was misled. That is their only possible recourse, as otherwise they would have to admit that the Islamic State ideology is spreading in Dearborn. And that could lead to an investigation.

Ibraheem Musaibli from Dearborn, Michigan.

“Dearborn man captured in Syria charged in terror case,” by Robert Snell and Sarah Rahal, Detroit News, July 24, 2018:

Detroit — A Dearborn man captured on an Islamic State battlefield this month was charged in an unsealed indictment Tuesday with providing material support to the Islamic State.

The indictment, dated July 19, was unsealed five days after it was reported that Ibraheem Musaibli, 28, was taken into custody by coalition-backed forces this month while trying to flee the Middle Euphrates River Valley in northern Syria, according to the New York Times, which first reported his capture….

The indictment accuses Musaibli of providing support to ISIS since April 2015. ISIS is a designated foreign terrorist organization. He used several aliases, including Abu Shifa Musaibli and Abu ‘Abd Al-Rahman Al-Yemeni, according to the government….

The portrayal is at odds with a description provided by his family. Musaibli is no terrorist but was lured by fellow Muslims into coming to Syria to study religion and work, younger brother Abdullah Musaibli said last week.

On Tuesday, Abdullah Musaibli told The Detroit News he booked a flight home from New York after Ibraheem’s indictment.

“I have to come back to Michigan to support my big brother,” said Abdullah Musaibli, 26. “I’ve been in New York City for a couple of months … it’s time I see the family.”

Abdullah Musaibli said he still believes his brother is not a terrorist.

“Yes, 110 percent, I don’t just believe he’s innocent. I KNOW he’s innocent,” Abdullah Musaibli said via Facebook Messenger….

Ibraheem Musaibli was raised in Dearborn. An Edsel Ford High School dropout, Musaibli helped his father operate a perfume shop in Detroit and had no contact with police besides a few minor traffic incidents, according to the Dearborn Police.

Eventually, he got married, fathered a son and moved to the port city of Aden, Yemen.

While in Yemen, Ibraheem Musaibli started talking with fellow Muslims, his brother said, who lured him to Syria in 2015.

Ibraheem Musaibli did not watch online sermons by radical Islamic clerics or seek out Islamic State contacts, his brother said.

At some point, Musaibli traveled to Syria. There were few details included in the indictment Tuesday that would describe how and when he traveled to the war-torn country.

Ibraheem’s father, Izzy Musaibli, told The News late Friday the FBI has been working to help his son escape from an Islamic State prison.

“He’s not a fighter, he’s been working with the FBI to escape ISIS and after the last time he tried to escape, (ISIS) burned his passport,” Izzy Musaibli said. “The FBI knows he’s not a fighter and he’s only been doing small work there for food to survive.”

Izzy Musaibli said the family had brief contact with Ibraheem while he was stuck in Syria, trapped because the militants thought Ibraheem was a spy.

“(ISIS) doesn’t represent Islam, they have a totally different ideology, and Ibraheem was preaching against them,” he said. “Every time he tried to escape, he was put back in prison, and we’ve been working with the FBI as a team.”

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

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