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Report: American Fighting for ISIS in Custody in Syria

Report: American Fighting for ISIS in Custody in Syria
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By    |   Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:49 PM

An American fighting for ISIS reportedly has surrendered – or been captured – in Syria and is being held by U.S.-partnered forces.

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

"We have seen the same reports," said Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a video briefing, Military.com reported.

Fox News reported the American surrendered.

The Daily Beast, citing a source, reported the American was captured, though U.S. officials told the outlet he had surrendered.

"We are aware of the report that a U.S. citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces on or about Sept. 12," Army Maj. Earl Brown told The Daily Beast.

"The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and we will pursue ISIS fighters regardless of nationality," he added, per The Daily Beast.

Dillon said he could not remember any other incident involving an American citizen in Iraq or Syria "either being captured or surrendering" after joining up with ISIS, Military.com reported.

However, Mohamad Jamal Khweis was indicted last November on charges of aiding terrorism after he was captured in Iraq. He was turned over to U.S. authorities and later convicted in federal court in Alexandria of charges including conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist group, Military.com reported.

President Donald Trump has indicated foreign fighters who came into the custody of the U.S. military should be sent to the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, lockup for trial before military commissions rather than in civilian courts.

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