Born and raised in Michigan, Michael is a first generation American of Lebanese descent. He grew up as an All-American boy, with good looks, quick intelligence, and plenty of charm. But, after 9/11, he and his family faced anti-Muslim discrimination, and when his father was beaten nearly to death, Michael was radicalized.
Michael traveled to Afghanistan to fight against his own countrymen, and quickly rose in the insurgent ranks. But, as an American, he was always an outsider, and convinced his younger brother Omar to leave Michigan and fight with him in Afghanistan. When Michael watches Rip kill Omar, Michael swears vengeance.