Isis fighter from United States surrenders before Syrian Democratic Forces
Sep 16, 2017, 01:01
The Daily Beast reported Thursday that the American was taken into custody by Kurdish troops operating with the Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria and turned over to the American military.
"We are aware of the report that a USA citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces on or about September 12", a United States military spokesman, Maj.
The person "is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant", Eric Pahon, a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense, reportedly said, without revealing the Isis fighter's identity. This could mean that the American ISIS fighters are now slashed in numbers.
"Regardless of the nationality, ISIS will be defeated, and our goal is to defeat them, regardless of where you come from", Col. Ryan Dillon said at a briefing.
Fox News reported two military officials confirming that a USA citizen believed to have joined up with ISIS was being held by the SDF.
The SDF, half of whose forces are members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), are backed by the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Earl Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East.
The unnamed man is not the first American seized for participating in combat for ISIS.
He was detained by Kurdish peshmerga forces in northern Iraq in March 2016 and turned over to USA authorities.
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 USA authorities. "Any private US citizens/civilians who may have traveled to Iraq or Syria to take part in these activities are neither in support of nor part of USA efforts in the region".
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