The FBI arrested three Michigan residents who were born in Kenya on terrorism charges this week.
According to a Department of Justice release, the three men — Muse Abdikadir Muse, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse, and Mohamed Salat Haji — were taken into custody Monday. They were formally charged Tuesday with conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The organization in question is the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
All three are residents of Lansing, Michigan. They were arraigned in Grand Rapids.
If convicted, the men could be imprisoned for 20 years.
Muse Abdikadir Muse was arrested Monday at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids, where he was scheduled to begin a journey that would have taken him to Mogadishu, Somalia. He allegedly planned to join ISIS. The other two suspects were arrested a short time later.
All three men are naturalized U.S. citizens who emigrated from Kenya. According to the DOJ, they recorded videos of themselves pledging allegiance to ISIS. They are also accused of threatening to kill "non-believers" by mowing them down with a car.
The Trump administration claims the ISIS caliphate in Syria is defeated, but others partially disagree.
"I think it's been defeated as a caliphate and I think they deserve credit for taking the handcuffs off the military," Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., said last week.
"But it's not defeated as a movement at all. It's not defeated in Syria and Iraq. They're going to go to ground and wage guerrilla warfare."
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