Syrian Kurdish forces say they have captured eight foreign-born ISIS fighters, one of whom is an American-born teenager.
Soulay Noah Su, aka Abu Souleiman al-Amriki, 16, was purportedly captured during the Jazeera Storm military operation in Hajin sometime around Jan. 6 or 7th, according to a press statement from the YPG. Su was reportedly picked up along with seven other foreigners of various ages, including one German and one Russian, among others.
The United States-led coalition’s most important partner in the war against ISIS is currently the target of a major Turkish offensive in northwest Syria that is testing the sincerity of America’s commitment — its “inherent resolve” — to defeating terrorism in the region.
American weapons and equipment used by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against ISIS will need to be returned to the United States once the war is over because they were loaned — not given — to the group, the White House says. But details on when the recovery process will begin, and how it will be executed in a country embroiled in a bloody six-year civil war, remain very murky, raising skepticism among those familiar with the Pentagon’s long history of losing track of lethal machinery it lends to foreign troops.
The Kurdish YPG, a contingent of the U.S.-backed forces fighting to liberate Raqqa in Syria, released a video on Aug. 29 showing what appear to be the underground ISIS tunnels that militants dig to launch sneak attacks.