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American ISIS Surrenders in Syria, Is Ruled 'Enemy Combatant'

17 September 2017

The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are now in control of over two-thirds of the Syrian city of Raqqa as they continue to progress in their fight against the Islamic State (IS), a monitoring group said on Thursday.

According to the piece, the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is predominantly led by the PKK's Syrian affiliate PYD, took him under custody.

A Russian strike wounded members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, the anti-ISIS coalition said Saturday.

But in early Thursday, Sept. 14, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition that works to fight the ISIS opted not to comment on the news about the American ISIS fighter.

In a Pentagon briefing on Thursday, coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon said a deconfliction area, where Russian Federation and the coalition seek specifically to avoid any misunderstandings, "starts south of Tabqa and runs west to east and parallels the Euphrates River".

The deal gave safe passage to 600 people, including ISIS fighters and their families, across the Syrian desert from the Lebanese border in southwestern Syria and to the border with Iraq.

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The Justice Department did not respond to requests for information, and the State Department said it had none.

The detained man is one of an estimated 260 Americans who have joined ISIS, and his capture as an enemy combatant is a major first test for America's handling of prisoners of war in the ISIS conflict. "As the USA government, we say, 'Don't go do that.' I mean, you can't be very bright, if you're going to go over there and do that".

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. He was brought to the USA for a trial and convicted in June of providing material support to ISIS.

This isn't the first capture of a US citizen fighting for the Islamic State.

The captured terrorist is not the only example for US nationals joining Daesh.

USA forces are advising them and providing air support and other backing as they push into militant territory.

American ISIS Surrenders in Syria, Is Ruled 'Enemy Combatant'