Place of Birth: United States;
Address: Dearborn, Michigan;
Ibraheem Izzy Musaibli is a natural-born U.S. citizen who is believed to be one of only two American men to be captured on an Islamic State battlefield and charged in the U.S. with supporting a terrorist group.
Ibraheem Musaibli lived a low-key life 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.
In 2010, Ibraheem Musaibli bought a $32,900 brick bungalow on Riverside Drive on the city’s eastern boundary with Detroit, within walking distance of the American Moslem Society mosque.
Eventually, he got married, fathered a son and moved to the port city of Aden, Yemen. Before leaving, Musaibli attended to trivial personal tasks. He added brother Yousif Musaibli and sister Sumaya Musaibli to the deed on his home in January 2015; two months later, he renewed his driver’s license, according to Wayne County and state records.
While in Yemen, Ibraheem Musaibli started talking with fellow Muslims, who lured him to Syria in 2015.
He was captured last summer as he tried to escape a valley in Syria, where American-backed Syrian forces had been trying to destroy remaining pockets of Islamic State control. He was transferred into U.S. custody in July 2018.
Ibraheem Musaibli was arrested on a Syrian battlefield and accused of helping ISIS is facing new charges alleging he was trained by the terror group, attended an ISIS camp and fired a machine gun on its behalf – claims that could send him to prison for life if he is convicted.
From April 2015 through June 2018, Musaibli knowingly provided and attempted to provide material support to ISIS, received military-type training from ISIS, discharged a machine gun on the terrorist group’s behalf and attended an ISIS military camp. Musaibli helped ISIS for three years, using various aliases, including Abu Shifa Musaibli and Abu ‘Abd Al-Rahman Al-Yemeni.
Musaibli was initially charged with crimes that could send him to prison for 20 years, if convicted. The new charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 40 years, or up to life.
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