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U.S. citizen fighting with Islamic State is captured in Syria, Pentagon says

U.S. citizen fighting with Islamic State is captured in Syria, Pentagon says”

Meanwhile, coalition-backed fighters battling Islamic State in eastern Syrian do not intend to enter the city of Deir el-Zour, a US military spokesman said, lessening the potential for clashes between coalition partners and Syrian government forces there.

An American citizen fighting for Islamic State in Syria surrendered to USA -backed forces earlier this week, US officials said on Thursday. "We refer further questions on this matter to the Department of Justice".

The Justice Department in July charged a terrorism suspect, who is not a US citizen, in a Philadelphia federal court after Spanish officials turned the suspect over to USA custody.

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.

"If this was a USA citizen it would be the Department of State to find out the updates on that particular person", Col. Ryan Dillon was quoted as saying in the article.

"If this was a USA citizen it would be the Department of State to find out the updates on that particular person", Dillon said. State officials added they "have no information to share at this time". His capture was first reported by the Daily Beast.

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. In March 2016, Jamal Khweis, another American Daesh terrorist was captured by the Peshmerga while he was leaving the territory then held by Daesh.

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.

ISIS' recent defeats have also caused an increase in the number of fighters surrendering to the SDF with Dillon telling reporters that five ISIS fighters, including a local commander, had surrendered this week alone.



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