American ISIS Fighter in US Custody After Surrender in Syria

Laura Christensen
September 16, 2017

The Isis fighter surrendered on 12 September following which the SDF handed him over to United States forces in Syria.

A spokesperson for the USA 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. Galloway says the man is being legally detained as a known enemy combatant.

An ISIS convoy that had been stranded in the Syrian desert for two weeks reached militant-held territory in eastern Syria on Wednesday after a US -led coalition stopped airstrikes on its route following a request from Russian Federation.

"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.

ISIS has used a number of purported Americans in its propaganda videos, but Hughes said those who don't speak Arabic or have crucial skills can be sent to front lines "as cannon fodder".

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"It serves as a good reminder that in a nation of 330-some million people, some people will be dumb enough to go to Iraq and Syria to try to fight for ISIS", Nauert said, adding, "You can't be very bright if you're going over there and doing that". "We encourage people not to do that".

Mohamad Jamal Khweis had agreed to become a suicide bomber but surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga forces in northern Iraq after becoming disillusioned.

Khweis, a bus driver, was convicted in June of providing support to ISIS.

It is not the first time an American citizen fighting for IS has been detained. Earl Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East.

He said that five ISIS fighters, clutching leaflets urging surrender dropped by the US on Raqqa in eastern Syria, had turned themselves into the SDF but that a USA citizen was not among them.

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