Two American ISIS Jihadis Captured in Syria

Two 'American IS fighters' captured by Syrian rebel militia

Two 'American IS fighters' captured by Syrian rebel militia

The SDF said Clark and another American named Zaid Abed al-Hamid, a.k.a. "Abu Zaid al-Ameriki", were captured along with foreign fighters of other nationalities in an assault on the last ISIS-dominated territory in northern Syria.

A Houston native is one of two Americans captured in Syria who are accused of defending ISIS, according to Syrian Democratic Forces.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said the suicide attacker first opened fire at an SDF force outside a local department before going inside and blowing himself up killing five, including four civilians, and wounding eight.

They were arrested along with suspected fighters from Ireland and Pakistan.

"The incident is under investigation", said Army Col. Scott Rawlinson, the spokesman.

Under the alias Abu Muhammad al-Ameriki, Clark had submitted an application seeking to join ISIS as an English teacher in Mosul, which had served as the Iraqi capital of ISIS's physical caliphate from summer 2014 until it was liberated by USA -backed and trained Iraqi forces in summer 2017.

A cover letter he wrote under the name "Abu Muhammad al-Ameriki" was obtained by the researchers after it had been found in a house in Mosul, Iraq.

According to the New York Times, he graduated from the University of Houston, before moving to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to teach English.

The second American the SDF captured was identified as Zaid Abed al-Hamed.

It's not yet clear what will happen to the American prisoners, but it isn't the first time the SDF has caught USA citizens on the battlefield.

Another of those foreign fighters was reportedly an Irish citizen named Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirazev, 45, an immigrant from Belarus who resided in Dublin until he departed for Syria in 2013.

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. His fate was the subject of a months-long legal battle between the United States government and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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