Child made news worldwide in a video directed to President Trump threatening to “bring the war to your land”
July 24, 2018-According to a statement from United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, two U.S. citizens, charged with federal violations, have been transferred from the custody of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to U.S. law enforcement custody and arrived today in the Northern District Indiana. One defendant, Ibraheem Izzy Musaibli, was transferred to face charges in the U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan. According to the Detroit News, Musaibli is a Dearborn, Michigan native who has been accused of travelling to Syria to fight alongside Isis. The indictment alleges that from about April 2015 through June 2018, Musaibli knowingly provided and attempted to provide material support to ISIS, in the form of personnel and services, knowing that ISIS is a terrorist organization and that ISIS engages in terrorism.
“The National Security Division will not tolerate threats to our country from terrorist organizations like ISIS—not least of all those that come from our own citizens,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Musaibli’s alleged provision of material support to ISIS put the United States at risk and may have endangered the lives of countless innocent people. I am confident that he will face justice for his crimes, and I hope that his case sends a clear message that we will hold our citizens accountable who are apprehended overseas and tried to join a terrorist organization such as ISIS. I am also grateful to our law enforcement and military partners who made this prosecution possible.”
“The indictment alleges that, for a substantial period of time, defendant Musaibli provided material support to ISIS — one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world. During that same time, American-backed coalition forces were fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” United States Attorney Matthew Schneider stated. “We will vigorously prosecute anyone who provides, or even attempts to provide, support to terrorists.”
“The other defendant, Samantha Elhassani aka Samantha Sally (hereinafter Elhassani), has been charged in the Northern District of Indiana with making false statements to the FBI and will have her initial hearing at the Hammond Federal Courthouse at a later date.”
According to published reports, Elhassani’s husband, Moussa Elhassani, was killed fighting in Syria. El Hassani is from Elkhart, Indiana and travelled travelled to Turkey with her husband and then two children. Elhassani says she was later taken to Turkey where she was held against her will.
Elhassani was accompanied by her four minor U.S. citizen children. One of the children is believed to be a 10 year old child labelled “Isis Boy” by international media after he made a video directed at President Trump and threating to “bring the war to your land.” The children are currently in the care of Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). “Indiana DCS will make any necessary determinations regarding their custody, safety, and well-being.”
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana has offered DCS any assistance that they may need from federal authorities according to the statement.
All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.