American Islamic State militant surrenders in Syria

Pauline Gross
September 15, 2017

An American citizen fighting for the Daesh terrorist group surrendered to Democratic Union Party (PYD) militants in Syria on Thursday, CNN said in a report.

The current location of the USA citizen has not been released. Galloway says the man is being legally detained as a known enemy combatant.

Military.com reported USA military officials have not disputed, nor have they elaborated, on reports an American is in the custody of the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces.

USA officials declined to publicly identity the American or say where he surrendered or under what circumstances, but they described him as a "known enemy combatant". In this case the proper authorities would be the equivalent of the department of state in the country.

It is not the first time an American has been accused of fighting for ISIS.

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A USA citizen fighting alongside Islamic State terror group militants in Syria has been captured, the Daily Beast reported Thursday. Earl Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East.

In March 2016, Mohammad Jamal Khweis, who lived in the Washington, DC, suburbs surrendered to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

He referred questions to the Justice Department, but officials there declined to comment on whether or when the American would be charged and brought before a judge, as the law requires.

Members of the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Hazima on the northern outskirts of Islamic State's Syrian bastion of Raqqah.

The number of USA citizens traveling to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS is thought to be much smaller than other countries and regions such as Western Europe and coalition officials have noted that far fewer foreign fighters have joined ISIS in recent months as the terror group suffers setbacks on the battle field.

Other reports by GizPress

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