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Dearborn cleric popular with militants faces travel, social media restrictions
by Niraj Warikoo
A federal judge has cracked down on the travel and computer activities of a Dearborn cleric popular worldwide with ISIS, the extremist militant group that announced last week the formation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ordered that Ahmad Jebril, 43, stay within the eastern half of Michigan and tell his probation officer about his activity on social media accounts, if requested.
Jebril, who is on probation until March after serving 6½ years in prison on fraud convictions, has become the most popular religious figure for Western fighters flocking to Syria to battle its government — and continues to gain fans online who sympathize with ISIS, the group that now calls itself the Islamic State.
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