American Islamic State militant surrenders in Syria

Saul Bowman
September 16, 2017

The US-led Coalition told Rudaw English that as of Tuesday, SDF partner forces "have liberated approximately 42,000 square-kilometers in Syria" which is estimated to be "77 percent of the territory previously held by ISIS".

A USA citizen who allegedly fought for Islamic State has surrendered to American-backed forces in Syria and is in US custody, according to the Pentagon, a rare case of an American captured on the battlefield.

Seamus Hughes of the George Washington University Program on Extremism said his team has identified 60 Americans, at least 20 of whom are dead. Galloway says the man is being legally detained as a known enemy combatant.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that opposition activists said the convoy of buses was able to reach Deir Ezzour province, an ISIS-held area, after the coalition ended its aerial surveillance and airstrikes on the group.

About a year later, the Guardian reported on foreign fighters trying to flee the conflict and noted that a US citizen - Kary Paul Kleman of Florida - surrendered to Turkish border police. "The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and we will pursue ISIS fighters regardless of nationality", he said. "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".

On the campaign trail, Trump indicated he was open to detaining USA citizens at Guantánamo Bay and trying them at the military commissions there.

It is not the first time an American citizen fighting for the group has been detained.

The alliance has taken part in the US -backed air and ground offensive aimed at forcing Islamic State militants out of Raqqah, the group's self-declared capital in Syria.

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