Possible US Citizen Fighting With ISIS In US Hands

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

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

A USA citizen fighting for ISIS reportedly has surrendered or been captured in Syria and is being held by US -partnered forces.

The decision to legally detain the man as a "known enemy combatant" comes as the Trump administration has been working to craft a detention policy, which could determine whether the US will resume sending detainees to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

USA -backed militias said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield.

Reflecting the demarcation line, the US -led coalition said on Thursday the SDF was not planning to enter Deir al-Zor city.

US officials said they are working out what they will do with the man, if he is confirmed as an American.

Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 27, spent about 2-1/2 months in early 2016 traveling with Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq and participating in the group's religious training.

The spokesperson for the coalition tweeted on Tuesday that "SDF hold more than 60 percent of Raqqa; 35 blocks cleared of ISIS this week".

But while Dillon acknowledged that the US-backed fighters would not go into the city, he said there were plenty of other ISIS targets farther down the river. Suspects accused of terror-related offenses, including Americans, also can be adjudicated in USA courts.

In June, a United States man who had traveled to Raqqa in December 2015 was convicted of helping IS.

Ahmed Abu Khawla, the commander of the SDF's Deir al-Zor military council, said Russian or Syrian fighter jets flew in from government territory before dawn on Saturday (local time).

The command of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that Saturday's air raid occurred on the eastern side of the Euphrates River in the industrial area that was recently liberated from the Islamic State group.

"We consider it an insult to the Iraqi people".

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