American who fought for ISIS captured by SDF

American who fought for ISIS captured by SDF

Posted: Sep. 14, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

The U.S. military has detained an American who was captured in Syria while fighting for ISIS, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The US military command said they were aware of the report.

The individual, who surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on or around September 12th, has since been turned over to US forces, said Eric Pahon, Department of Defense spokesperson.

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Another U.S. military spokesman, Army Maj.

Dillon said he could not immediately recall any other incident involving an American citizen in Iraq or Syria "either being captured or surrendering" after joining up with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

He was detained by Kurdish peshmerga forces in northern Iraq in March 2016 and turned over to US authorities.

"If this was a U.S. citizen it would be the Department of State to find out the updates on that particular person", Dillon added.

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A spokesperson for the US military command in Syria informed the Daily Beast, who first reported on the matter, that the detainee would be "transported humanely" back to the United States.

In June, a U.S. man who had traveled to Raqa in December 2015 was convicted of helping IS.

One who did, Mohamad Jamal Khweis of Alexandria, Va., was grabbed in western Iraq by Kurdish guerillas in March 2016 and later turned over to US authorities.

In an interview with Kurdish TV after his capture, Khweis claimed he made "a bad decision" to follow a young woman to Mosul and ended up in ISIS training facilities.

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"I don't see them as good Muslims", Khweis said of ISIS. The deal gave safe passage to 600 people, including ISIS fighters and their families, across the Syrian desert from the Lebanese border in southwestern Syria and to the border with Iraq.

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