US Citizen Fighting for ISIS Now in US Custody

US military officials working to confirm he's American
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 14, 2017 5:15 PM CDT
A Syrian soldier guards streets in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.   (AP Photo/Max Black)

(Newser) – US military officials say a man believed to be an American citizen who was fighting with Islamic State militants has surrendered in Syria and is now in US custody, the AP reports. Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, says the man surrendered to Syrian Democratic forces around Tuesday and has been turned over to US military forces. Galloway says the man is being legally detained as a known enemy combatant. It's not clear if the detainee and the US forces holding him are still in Syria, but the plan is to take the man into Iraq, where he would be then turned over to the US State Department or Justice Department. US officials are working out what they will do with the man, if he is confirmed as an American. (Read more Syria stories.)

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