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US Teacher Who Sent Resume to ISIS Is Captured in Syria

US-backed Kurds say Warren Christopher Clark, 34, was caught, along with a 2nd American
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2019 6:24 AM CST
Updated Jan 7, 2019 6:57 AM CST
In this 2017 photo, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters prepare to fire a mortar shell in Raqqa, northeast Syria.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

(Newser) – At least one American—a former substitute teacher from Texas—has been captured with ISIS in Syria, say Kurdish forces. The Kurds say they captured a second American as well, but the citizenship of that man is much iffier, reports the New York Times. In a news release, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they caught Warren Christopher Clark, 34, with ISIS fighters in northeast Syria. Clark graduated from the University of Houston and worked as a substitute teacher of English as a Second Language in Fort Bend before taking similar jobs in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, reports the Houston Chronicle. Clark has been in the news before, when investigators at George Washington University turned up a resume and cover letter he once sent to ISIS looking for a job.

"Dear Director, I am looking to get a position teaching English to students in the Islamic State," Clark wrote in the letter, which was found inside an Iraqi house. "I believe that a successful teacher can understand a student’s strengths and weaknesses and is able to use that understanding to help students build on their understanding of the English language." NBC News reported last year that Clark had converted to Islam around 2004 and become radicalized online. The Kurdish military group says it also captured an American named Zaid Abed al-Hamid, but it wasn't clear whether Hamid was actually a US citizen. The US military has not confirmed the capture of either man yet, reports Stars and Stripes. If confirmed, they would be the fifth and sixth Americans captured on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, per the Times. (Read more Syria stories.)

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