American Fighting for ISIS Reportedly in Custody

A convoy of ISIS fighters and their families departs from the Lebanon Syria border

Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S-led coalition fighting Islamic State, told reporters earlier that he was aware of the reports but referred questions to the State Department.

The Isis fighter surrendered on 12 September following which the SDF handed him over to United States forces in Syria.

The Pentagon's referral to the Justice Department indicated that the new American detainee would also be turned over to federal courts.

SDF fighters have been advancing against IS fighters on the east bank of the Euphrates while Syrian government forces and their allies are pushing on the western side against the extremists. No coalition forces were hurt, authorities said.

The group is supported by U.S. weapons, air strikes and intelligence as they battle IS in Syria, where the fight is now focused on Raqa and the Euphrates River valley.

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.

A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families begins to depart from the Lebanon Syria border zone in Qalamoun Syria
Related Image Expand Collapse A convoy of ISIS fighters and their families reached militant-held territory a monit

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi criticized the deal sharply when it was brokered in August.

It continued, "We condemn and strongly disapprove of this aggressive attack and call on the aggressors to stop these attacks, which serve only terrorists and terrorism". "Would he have insight on whether they're sending folks away from Iraq and Syria in a systematic way?"

The SDF continued counter-ISIS clearance operations in the Khabur River Valley north of Dayr Az Zawr city in eastern Syria, Manning said, and the forces continued to make deliberate progress in the Khabur Valley along two axes, despite ISIS counterattacks with vehicle-borne bombs and small-arms fire.

But while Deir al-Zor city was not an SDF target, Abu Khawla did not rule out the possibility that it may become one, saying people in the city wanted to be liberated from "the regime and Daesh at the same time".

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have detained a US citizen who had been fighting with ISIS in Syria, a US military official told CNN Thursday.

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