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Possible American citizen fighting for ISIS surrenders, Pentagon says

Possible American citizen fighting for ISIS surrenders, Pentagon says

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 person "is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant", Eric Pahon, a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense, reportedly said, without revealing the Isis fighter's identity.

Seamus Hughes of the George Washington University Program on Extremism said his team has identified 60 Americans, at least 20 of whom are dead.

ISIS has used a number of purported Americans in its propaganda videos, but Hughes said those who don't speak Arabic or have crucial skills can be sent to front lines "as cannon fodder".

Col. Ryan Dillon, the spokesman for the coalition in Iraq and Syria, could not confirm the buses reached their final destination and said the coalition had not had persistent surveillance on them for days.

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"It serves as a good reminder that in a nation of 330-some million people, some people will be dumb enough to go to Iraq and Syria to try to fight for ISIS", Nauert said at a briefing.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the American had surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US -backed alliance of mostly Arab and Kurdish fighters.

The SDF, half of whose forces are members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), are backed by the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

On the campaign trail, Trump indicated he was open to detaining US citizens at Guantánamo Bay and trying them at the military commissions there. "To be clear, the US government does not support USA citizens traveling to Iraq or Syria to join the ongoing conflict".

Khweis had surrendered to Kurdish forces in March 2016. "Any private US citizens/civilians who may have traveled to Iraq or Syria to take part in these activities are neither in support of nor part of USA efforts in the region".


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