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US-backed SDF captures five ISIS fighters among them two Americans

The US-backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces announced that it captured five ISIS members in the extremist group last stronghold in Deir Ezzor province, east of the Euphrates river, bordering Iraq.

Among the five two from the United States and others from Ireland and Pakistan, according to SDF.

In a press release on Sunday, SDF confirmed capturing the five ISIS members, saying that “They were preparing to launch attacks against the fleeing civilians from that areas” pointing out that the capture happened on December 30.

According to field sources, the SDF only announced the news after it finished interrogation with the five elements.

The five are American Warren Christopher Clark (34 year) from Huston, who goes by the name “American Abu Mohammad” and American from Arab origin Zaid Abed al-Hamed known by “American Abu Zaid”.

In addition to the two Americans, there are an Irish citizen called Alexandr Ruzmanovich Bekmirzaev from Dublin, in addition to two Pakistanis Fadel al-Rahman Jad from Lahore and Abed al-Azem Rajbout.

The Syrian Democratic Forces have arrested around 1,000 foreign fighters of ISIS during its control of vast areas in Syria.

Among those captured, militants who were part of a notorious kidnapping cell dubbed “The Beatles” known for torturing hostages and executing foreign journalists in Syria and Iraq, in addition to another fighter from al-Qaeda, known to have met with the terrorist groups leader Osama bin Laden, before he was killed.

Most of the foreign governments refuse to repatriate their citizens who were fighting with ISIS, while Kurdish officials say “they cannot detain them (ISIS fighters) forever, calling the international community to “find a solution.”

In contrast to what is happening in Iraq, where the Iraqi judicial authorities sentenced more than 300 members of the extremist group, including 100 foreigners to life imprisonment or death, the Kurdish authorities and their local allies in Syria refuse to prosecute captured ISIS fighters while they only prosecute the extremist group local members without carrying out the death penalty.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, the armed wing of the Kurdish-dominated Democratic Council of Syria, fought its last battles against ISIS in Deir al-Zour, ending its long-standing rule in several Syrian regions.


Last Update: Sunday, 6 January 2019 KSA 21:36 – GMT 18:36

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