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Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Backed forces hold two-thirds of Syria's Raqqa: monitor

Backed forces hold two-thirds of Syria's Raqqa: monitor

An American citizen who fought for the Islamic State in Syria and surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was turned over to U.S. forces according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Reports that an American is in the custody of the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces were not disputed by us officials, but they withheld further comment.

"At approximately 12:30 a.m. GMT Sept. 16, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to Coalition partner forces", says a news release published on Saturday by Operation Inherent Resolve that the USA -led coalition carries out in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State terrorist group.

A tank in Deir al Zour, where the Syrian army is fighting ISIS.

US-backed fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are making their final big push to drive ISIS militants from Raqqa city's western districts.

The Defense Department and the State Department said that they were aware of the reports and had no information to share at this time.

"You can't be very bright if you're going over there and doing that".

The unnamed man is not the first American seized for participating in combat for ISIS.

The Pentagon's referral to the Justice Department indicated that the new American detainee would also be turned over to federal courts.

In June, a United States man who had traveled to Raqqa in December 2015 was convicted of helping IS.

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

One who did, Mohamad Jamal Khweis of Alexandria, Va., was grabbed in western Iraq by Kurdish guerillas in March 2016 and later turned over to US authorities.

Islamic State is also coming under attack by US -backed Iraqi government forces just over the border from Syria's Deir al-Zor inside Iraq.

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