US Brings Back Suspected American IS Fighter From Syria to Face Charges

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Friday 19 July 2019 | 10:34 AM Damascus Time

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  • US Brings Back Suspected American IS Fighter From Syria to Face Charges

    BALADI NEWS

    An American suspected of fighting with the Islamic State terror group in Syria is back in the United States, where he is expected to be charged with and tried for terrorism-related crimes. 
     
    U.S. defense officials confirmed the transfer of the suspect Thursday, saying U.S. troops assisted in bringing the U.S. national back home for prosecution. 
     
    According to a Pentagon statement, the suspect "was previously held by Syrian Democratic Forces as a suspected member of ISIS." It referred other questions to the Department of Justice. Justice Department officials said they were aware of the transfer, first reported by CNN, but declined to comment. 

    Since the collapse of the Islamic State's physical caliphate in Syria in March, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been holding an estimated 2,000 foreign fighters from more than 50 countries in makeshift prisons. In addition, the SDF has processed tens of thousands of civilians linked to ISIS, including the wives and children of the foreign fighters. 

    Source: Voice of America.

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