Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Backed SDF captures five ISIS fighters among them two Americans

Backed SDF captures five ISIS fighters among them two Americans

Two Americans were among five ISIS fighters recently captured in eastern Syria, according to a spokesman for the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

They were arrested along with suspected fighters from Ireland and Pakistan. The Pentagon said that it's unable to confirm the information but plans to investigate.

Pentagon spokesman Sean Robertson told USA media: "We are aware of open source reports of reportedly American citizens now in custody who were believed to be fighting for Isis".

But on Sunday in Jerusalem, John Bolton, national security adviser to President Trump, said the USA military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of ISIS, and on Turkey assuring the safety of Kurdish fighters allied with the United States.

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The five are American Warren Christopher Clark (34 year) from Huston, who goes by the name "American Abu Mohammad" and American from Arab origin Zaid Abed al-Hamed known by "American Abu Zaid".

He once submitted an application to join ISIS as an English teacher in Mosul, when it served as the capital of ISIS's physical caliphate from 2014 to 2017, the news outlet reported.

According to the New York Times, he graduated from the University of Houston, before moving to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to teach English.

In addition to the two Americans, there are an Irish citizen called Alexandr Ruzmanovich Bekmirzaev from Dublin, in addition to two Pakistanis Fadel al-Rahman Jad from Lahore and Abed al-Azem Rajbout.

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It's not yet clear what will happen to the American prisoners, but it isn't the first time the SDF has caught USA citizens on the battlefield.

"We are aware of open source reports of reportedly American citizens now in custody who were believed to be fighting for ISIS".

In October, the USA military released another American citizen suspected of being a member of ISIS who was captured in Syria. His fate was the subject of a months-long legal battle between the United States government and the American Civil Liberties Union.

In November, a court filing shows that the Defense Department released him in Bahrain following negotiations with the ACLU.

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