Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US Citizen Fighting For ISIS Captured in Syria

US Citizen Fighting For ISIS Captured in Syria

A U.S. citizen fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria has surrendered to a US-backed alliance, a defense official said on Thursday.

The U.S. military has detained an American captured in Syria fighting for the Islamic State, the Pentagon said Thursday.

An American fighting for ISIS in Syria has been taken into custody after surrendering, multiple spokespeople for the USA military told The Daily Beast.

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The military referred to the State Department to address any questions on the captive's current situation.

Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, says the man surrendered to Syrian Democratic forces around Tuesday and has been turned over to US military 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, reported.

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A USA citizen fighting alongside Islamic State terror group militants in Syria has been captured, the Daily Beast reported Thursday.

"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.

"The U.S. citizen is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant", he said. In this case the proper authorities would be the equivalent of the department of state in the country. Mohamed Khweis, 27, originally from Virginia, joined the group and later surrendered to Kurdish authorities in 2016, according to NBC News.

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