SDF Kurdish Forces Capture American Citizens Who Joined ISIS
Kurds in the SDF, or Syrian Democratic Forces, in Syria stated on Sunday that they captured five foreign ISIS fighters, one of which was an American from Texas. Warren Christopher Clark, 34, was accused of fighting with ISIS. Another male was captured who may have held dual citizenship: Abed al-Hamid.
Clark is from the Houston area and once worked as a substitute teacher in the Fort Bend school district in Sugar Land, Texas. Officials said in 2015, he sent a resume and cover letter to the Islamic State seeking a job teaching English in Syria.
“We are aware of open source reports of reportedly American citizens currently in custody who were believed to be fighting for ISIS,” Cmdr. Sean Robertson said. “However, we are unable to confirm this information at this time.”
Warren Clark said his son is “a humanitarian” who “would not be involved in anything along those lines.”
“My son doesn’t have an evil thought in his mind about hurting anyone,” he said.
U.S. officials encourage countries to repatriate citizens caught fighting for the Islamic State to relieve the SDF’s overcrowded detention facilities. Many countries are reluctant to do so because it’s difficult to find hard evidence of their activities on the battlefield.
Abed al-Hamid is possibly from Trinidad and may hold dual citizenship. Both men were captured with ISIS fighters from Ireland and Pakistan.
Stars and Stripes reported,
The group of jihadis had been preparing to attack masses of civilians fleeing the area, the SDF said. Also captured were two Pakistani fighters and an Irish man.
Officials with Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, were aware of the SDF release, but could not confirm the information it contained, a spokesman said via email.
“The incident is under investigation,” said Army Col. Scott Rawlinson, the spokesman.
Featured photo: L- Warren Clark, R- Abed al-Hamid