The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have captured two American-born ISIS fighters during an operation in eastern Syria, according to an SDF press release.
Warren Christopher Clark, aka Abu Mohammad al-Ameriki, and Zaid Abed al-Hamid, aka Abu Zaid al-Ameriki, were among five foreigners the SDF said it had nabbed as they were “trying to get out of the war zone.”
The SDF said al-Hamid was originally from the United States, but did not specify the city, while Clark was said to be originally from Houston, Texas. A document found in a house in Mosul, Iraq showed that Clark, 33, had allegedly sent a resume and cover letter to ISIS asking for a position “teaching English to students in the Islamic State,” according to report from the Program on Extremism at George Washington University published in Feb. 2018.
The Pentagon could not immediately confirm the details of the SDF press release.
“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 told Task & Purpose. “However, we are unable to confirm this information at this time. The incident is under investigation.”
The fighters were captured during an ongoing operation named Jazeera Storm, the SDF said.