A US citizen has been detained by the US military in Syria after it discovered that he had been fighting for ISIS
“Syrian Democratic Forces turned over to US forces an American citizen who surrendered to the SDF on or around September 12,” US Marine Corps Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said
“The US citizen is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant,” he added.
Both the Department of Justice and the FBI declined to make any comments on the matter.
Previously, a US military official told CNN reporters that an American citizen seemed to have surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces.
However, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition that fights ISIS would not give any confirmation that a US citizen was in SDF’s custody, following questions from the US State Department.
“We have seen those same reports and the SDF as our partner has taken an oath to make sure that any fighters that they capture that they maintain them and bring them to the proper authorities. In this case the proper authorities would be the equivalent of the department of state in the country,” Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters at the Pentagon
“If this was a US citizen it would be the Department of State to find out the updates on that particular person,” Dillon added.
Unfortunately, this is definitely not the first US citizen that fights for ISIS and is detained by US allies in the region. Back in March 2016, a US citizen was caught in Iraq.