Pentagon confirms American ISIS fighter captured in Syria

Pentagon confirms American ISIS fighter captured in Syria

A man believed to be an American citizen who was fighting with Islamic State terrorists has surrendered in Syria and is now in US custody, raising questions about how the Trump administration will deal with such detainee cases.

"The U.S. citizen is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant", Pentagon spokesman Maj.

'Russian munitions impacted a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisers, ' the statement said, adding that the wounded SDF fighters received medical care following the strike.

Coalition forces have been battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh, from the east side of the Euphrates, while allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which includes Russian Federation, fight the terrorist group from the west side of the river. Earl Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert also confirmed during a media briefing on Thursday evening that she had no further information on the individual's circumstances.

US officials have estimated that 40,000 foreign fighters have flowed to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State and other groups since the conflict there began.

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US forces are advising them and providing air support and other backing as they push into militant territory.

ISIS is a large movement which has attracted a lot of Western recruits, which has long fueled fear about what happens when they return home, particularly in the cases of those not caught, but who fled the battlefield. Suspects accused of terror-related offenses, including Americans, also can be adjudicated in US courts.

A convoy of ISIS fighters and their families reached militant-held territory, a monitoring group said.

The United States and Russian Federation are backing separate offensives in Syria's multi-sided conflict - with both sides advancing against the Islamic State militant group in the eastern region that borders Iraq.

The warplanes struck as the SDF waged "heated and bloody battles" in the industrial zone on the eastern bank, seizing factories from Islamic State militants, he said. "Air power will be the main determining factor".

"We consider it an insult to the Iraqi people".

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