No, Trump's Executive Order Didn't Lead to Capture of ISIS Leader

A fake news article claims ISIS leader arrested after Trump executive order.

The false article claims that an ISIS leader named Rasheed Muhammad was arrested on arrival at a New York airport just after President Trump signed his immigration ban last month.

ABC News found no evidence that any Rasheed Muhammad affiliated with ISIS exists, or has been arrested. Here’s what we did find:

An Eight-Year-Old Photo

Another version of the fake news article uses two additional photos picturing two different people.

A Snapchat Apology?

The article falsely claims that former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired after she refused to defend the president’s executive order, issued an apology to Trump via Snapchat. Messages via the social media platform disappear after a number of seconds, unless the receiver takes a screenshot of them. The Department of Justice’s website doesn’t list any Snapchat accounts, nor is there evidence that Yates has a personal Snapchat account.

The story also asserts that FBI Director James Comey released a statement saying he was “unsure if accomplices are still at large” and pledging to keep additional details secret.

What Actually Happened

The executive order signed Jan. 27 did temporarily ban travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. A week later, a U.S. District Court judge in Washington state ordered a national halt to the ban, and tens of thousands of people whose travel plans had been disrupted have been able to come to the United States.

The Trump administration asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling, and the judges are considering arguments over lifting the temporary halt. Their decision is expected this week.