Two 'American IS fighters' captured by Syrian rebel militia

Two 'American IS fighters' captured by Syrian rebel militia

Two 'American IS fighters' captured by Syrian rebel militia

No further details were provided on the background of 34-year-old Warren Christopher Clark.

The three other fighters captured included one from Ireland and two from Pakistan, according to a Twitter message by Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman.

The main USA -backed Syrian faction fighting the Islamic State group says members of the extremist group have attacked one of its positions, killing a civilian and wounding several other fighters in the northern city of Raqqa.

In a press release on Sunday, SDF confirmed capturing the five ISIS members, saying that "They were preparing to launch attacks against the fleeing civilians from that areas" pointing out that the capture happened on December 30.

Officials with Operation Inherent Resolve, the USA -led coalition against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, were aware of the SDF release, but couldn't confirm the account and were investigating, Stars and Stripes reported.

"The incident is under investigation", said Army Col. Scott Rawlinson, the spokesman.

The White House announced last month that ISIS had been defeated in Syria and the United States would withdraw 2,000 troops from the war-stricken nation.

Clark, who has one glass eye, had sought a nonmilitary role with the group, according to researchers with George Washington University's Program on Extremism who, in a February report, named him as one of at least 64 Americans from 16 states who had traveled to Iraq and Syria since 2011 to join jihadi groups, mainly ISIS.

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.

The dual US-Saudi national was held by the US military in Iraq without being tried since September 2017.

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

Most of the foreign governments refuse to repatriate their citizens who were fighting with ISIS, while Kurdish officials say "they can not detain them (ISIS fighters) forever, calling the global community to "find a solution". His fate was the subject of a months-long legal battle between the USA government and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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