American Islamic State militant surrenders in Syria

American Islamic State militant surrenders in Syria

The US military command said they were aware of the report.

Several US military officials told the website that Kurdish soldiers belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces caught the American and he has now been detained. In this case the proper authorities would be the equivalent of the department of state in the country.

He deferred questions to the State Department, which has yet to comment.

The United States military has in its custody an American person who surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces after fighting for ISIS in Syria, NBC News reported.

"We defer to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Government of Iraq on this issue".

This isn't the first capture of a USA citizen fighting for the Islamic State.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert also confirmed during a media briefing on Thursday evening that she had no further information on the individual's circumstances.

On the campaign trail, Trump indicated he was open to detaining US citizens at Guantánamo Bay and trying them at the military commissions there.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the American had surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US -backed alliance of mostly Arab and Kurdish fighters.

Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 27, spent about 2-1/2 months in early 2016 traveling with Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq and participating in the group's religious training.

In June, a USA man who had traveled to Raqa in December 2015 was convicted of helping IS.

In an interview with Kurdish TV after his capture, Khweis claimed he made "a bad decision" to follow a young woman to Mosul and ended up in ISIS training facilities.

REUTERS/STRINGERA loyal ISIS fighter runs around the streets of Syria.