American allegedly fighting for ISIS now in military custody as 'enemy combatant'

"And within that frame, the clashes are continuing since last night between the Syrian Democratic fighters and the ISIS mercenaries at the surrounding areas of al-Watani hospital and the Rashid garden located in al-Amin neighborhood that is in the city center", SDF detailed in a statement late on Tuesday night.

The Pentagon's confirmation comes after The Daily Beast first reported the capture earlier Thursday.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the USA citizen has been legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant. "If this was a USA citizen it would be the Department of State to find out the updates on that particular person", Col. Ryan Dillon was quoted as saying in the article.

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"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 deal angered the US military, which deployed drones to pick off ISIS fighters when they left the convoy to relieve themselves.

SOHR also reported "minimizing ISIS organization's scope of control" has meant an escalation of aerial bombing in areas within, north, and south of the city.

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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. "To be clear, the US government does not support USA citizens traveling to Iraq or Syria to join the ongoing conflict".

Another U.S. military spokesman, Army Maj.

But the fighter captured this week is the first American captured since President Trump took office, presenting a test of how Trump will handle USA citizens suspected of terrorism overseas.

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Mohamad Jamal Khweis had agreed to become a suicide bomber but surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga forces in northern Iraq after becoming disillusioned.


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