2 Americans among 5 ISIS fighters captured in Syria, official says
Two Americans were among five ISIS fighters recently caught in eastern Syria, as indicated by a representative for the U.S.- backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
The Americans were identified as Warren Christopher Clark (otherwise known as Abu Mohammad al-Ameriki) of Houston, and Zaid Abed al-Hamid (otherwise known as Abu Zaid al-Ameriki), initially from the U.S., however no specific location was accounted for.
Clark was identified in a NBC News report last February as an American who had sent his resume to ISIS, with expectations of joining the terror group.
“We are aware of open source reports of reportedly American citizens currently in custody who were believed to be fighting for ISIS,” Navy Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman, told Fox News in a statement. “However, we are unable to confirm this information at this time. The incident is under investigation.”
The three other fighters captured included one from Ireland and two from Pakistan, as indicated by a Twitter message by Mustafa Bali, the SDF representative.
The fighters were captured as part of Operation Jazeera Storm, which is charged with liberating the last zones of Syria that stay under ISIS control, Bali’s announcement said.
As indicated by his account, ISIS is currently cornered in a little region of the nation after already controlling an expansive measure of an area before suffering heavy combat casualties.
Subsequently, ISIS has been plotting attacks against civilians trying to flee the war zone.
Meanwhile, the BBC announced that two British special operations soldiers were severely wounded in an ISIS attack in eastern Syria on Saturday.
In December, President Trump said ISIS had been wiped out in Syria.
“We have defeated ISIS in Syria,” he wrote in a tweet.
Be that as it may, on Sunday in Jerusalem, John Bolton, national security counselor to President Trump, said the U.S. military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is adapted on overcoming the remainders of ISIS, and on Turkey guaranteeing the wellbeing of Kurdish warriors aligned with the United States.
Bolton, who traveled to Israel to reassure the U.S. partner of the Trump-ordered withdrawal, said there is no timetable for the pullout of American powers in northeastern Syria, yet insisted it’s not an unlimited commitment.
“There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” Bolton told reporters. “The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement.”
Those conditions, he stated, incorporated the defeat of remnants of ISIS in Syria, and protections for Kurdish militias who have battled close by U.S. troops against the extremist group.
Bolton’s comments mark the first public confirmation that the drawdown has been slowed, as Trump faced widespread criticism from allies and the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for a policy that was to have been conducted within weeks.