Two 'American IS fighters' captured by Syrian rebel militia

US army vehicles supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in Hajin eastern Syria. AFP

US army vehicles supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in Hajin eastern Syria. AFP

The 35-year-old, who reportedly went by the alias Abu Zaid al-Ameriki, does not appear to have been one of the fighters - mainly USA citizens and legal residents - identified in the Program on Extremism report.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the Syrian civil war, said in a report Sunday that the IS attack occurred the previous day in the village of Shaafa in eastern Deir el-Zour province amid fierce clashes between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the USA -led coalition, and IS militants.

Two American men fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria have been captured, according to a US-backed Syrian militia alliance.

The SDF called the operation Jazeera Storm and said the assault was launched in response to reports that ISIS terrorists were preparing to attack a large mass of civilians as they fled from the war zone. Also captured were two Pakistani fighters and an Irish man.

A Pentagon spokesman said the incident is under investigation.

But on Sunday in Jerusalem, John Bolton, national security adviser to President Trump, said the US military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of ISIS, and on Turkey assuring the safety of Kurdish fighters allied with the United States.

The Americans were identified as Warren Christopher Clark (aka Abu Mohammad al-Ameriki) of Houston, and Zaid Abed al-Hamid (aka Abu Zaid al-Ameriki), originally from the US, but no specific location was reported.

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.

The dual US-Saudi national was held by the US military in Iraq without being tried since September 2017.

The SDF identified the other foreign captives as Fadel al-Rahman Jad, 48, of Lahore, Pakistan, Abed al-Azem Rajbout, 19, of Sialkot, Pakistan, and Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev, 45, of Dublin, Ireland.

In October, the United States military released another American citizen suspected of being a member of ISIS who was captured in Syria.

In November, a court filing shows that the Defense Department released him in Bahrain following negotiations with the ACLU.

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