16 September, 2017
A USA citizen fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria has surrendered to a US-backed alliance, a defense official said on Thursday.
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".
In a statement released through CNN, US Marine Corps Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway revealed that the Kurdish troops that are being backed up by the US military surrendered an American citizen who is fighting for the global terrorist group on or before Tuesday, Sept. 12.
"The U.S. citizen is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant", Maj.
Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the State Department, told reporters earlier Thursday that anyone who goes to fight for ISIS "can't be very bright".
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A spokesperson for the US military command in Syria informed the Daily Beast, who first reported on the matter, that the detainee would be "transported humanely" back to the United States.
"Regardless of the nationality, ISIS will be defeated, and our goal is to defeat them, regardless of where you come from", Col. Ryan Dillon said at a briefing.
The US citizen, who's name is not know, is not the first American to be caught while fighting with IS.
Mohamad Jamal Khweis had agreed to become a suicide bomber but surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga forces in northern Iraq after becoming disillusioned. "To be clear, the US government does not support USA citizens traveling to Iraq or Syria to join the ongoing conflict". According to the Daily Beast, he was captured; according to spokespeople for the USA military, he "surrendered".