Possible American citizen fighting for ISIS surrenders, Pentagon says
Sep 17 2017 by Desiree Burns
US -backed militias said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Syria's Deir al-Zor border province, a focus of an increasingly complex conflict.
"As SDF forces retake territory from ISIS", Manning said, "we have seen cities, towns and communities form civil and military councils and establish that basic governance".
The Russian- and US -backed campaigns against Islamic State in Syria have mostly stayed out of each other's way as the sides seek to avoid conflict, with the Euphrates often acting as a dividing line between the sides.
It said six of its fighters were wounded.
The warplanes struck as the SDF waged "heated and bloody battles" in the industrial zone on the eastern bank, seizing factories from Islamic State militants, he said.
The American who surrendered Tuesday hasn't been publicly identified. But the Russians made a decision to carry out the strike anyway. No coalition forces were hurt, authorities said.
The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and we will pursue ISIS fighters regardless of nationality.
In Syria, whatever the USA decides to do will be totally independent of the Syrian government's position. Russian Federation backs his regime.
About a year later, the Guardian reported on foreign fighters trying to flee the conflict and noted that a USA citizen - Kary Paul Kleman of Florida - surrendered to Turkish border police.
Pro-Assad regime forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, have recently made gains there and linked up with a group of beleaguered regime soldiers that were besieged there for almost three years, according to Syria's state-owned news agency.
But Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry, dismissed the allegations in a statement on Sunday.
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Mrs May said: "The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection". Police said 45 witnesses have been spoken to and 77 images and videos have been sent in by members of the public.
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While not the first American ISIS fighter captured on the battlefield, he is the first since President Trump took office, presenting the commander in chief's first test as to how he will handle US citizens suspected of terrorism overseas.
Syrian regime forces are fighting for Dayr Az Zawr southeast of Raqqa, while SDF continues its offensive north of that city.
"In this case the proper authorities would be the equivalent of the department of state in the country", Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters at the Pentagon via a video conference from Baghdad.
The spokesperson added that worldwide laws and laws of armed conflict would be closely monitored as a 'precondition for Coalition support'.
"The convergence of military forces in this area calls for increased awareness and de-confliction", Dillon said.
'Coalition officials are available and the de-confliction line with Russian Federation is open 24 hours per day, ' said Coalition commander Lt Gen Paul E Funk II. "We put our full efforts into preventing unnecessary escalation among forces that share ISIS as our common enemy", said Funk using an acronym to refer to IS.
However, their communication appeared to have broken down Saturday.
Multinational troops advising and assisting the SDF were present during the strike, but none were injured.