Three Naturalized Citizens Arrested in Michigan for Supporting ISIS

By Susan Jones | January 23, 2019 | 12:05pm EST
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( - Federal law enforcement officials on Monday arrested three naturalized U.S. citizens in Lansing, Michigan for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.

Members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Muse Abdikadir Muse, 23, at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids after he checked in for the beginning of a trip that ultimately would take him to Mogadishu, Somalia.

His two alleged co-conspirators -- who allegedly helped him buy the ticket and drove him to the airport -- are identified as Muse's brother, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse, 20; and his brother-in-law/cousin Mohamed Salat Haji, 26. All three were born in Kenya.

The complaint says that all three defendants pledged allegiance to ISIS through videos they recorded themselves.

Muse Muse and Haji allegedly discussed with each other their desire to join ISIS, to kill non-believers, and even to potentially use a car for a martyrdom operation to run down non-believers in the United States if they could not travel overseas to fight for ISIS.

The suspects came to the FBI's attention in April 2016 after photos, videos, and other "extremist propaganda" were posted on Mohamud Muse's Facebook account.

Authorities said Muse told an undercover agent that "he wanted to join ISIS in Raqqa, Syria; that he was saving his money to pay for the trip to Syria; that he had a valid U.S. passport; and that he planned to die with a gun in his hand fighting for ISIS."

The conspiracy charge is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.

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