Amer­i­can who fought with IS sur­ren­ders in Syria

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A MAN be­lieved to be an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen who was fight­ing with Is­lamic State mil­i­tants has sur­ren­dered in Syria and is be­ing held in Amer­i­can cus­tody.

A Pen­tagon spokesman said the man sur­ren­dered to Syrian Demo­cratic forces around Tues­day and was turned over to US mil­i­tary force in Syria.

Ma­jor Adrian Rank­ine-Gal­loway said the man is be­ing legally de­tained as a known en­emy com­bat­ant.

The de­ci­sion to legally de­tain the man as a “known en­emy com­bat­ant” comes as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has been work­ing to craft a de­ten­tion pol­icy, which could de­ter­mine whether the US will re­sume send­ing de­tainees to the mil­i­tary prison at Guan­tanamo Bay, Cuba.

President Barack Obama did not send any new de­tainees to Guan­tanamo and the cur­rently there are only about 40 peo­ple held there.

Trump has ex­pressed a will­ing­ness to send new de­tainees to the site, but so far has not.

It is not clear if the de­tainee, who has not been iden­ti­fied, and the Amer­i­can forces hold­ing him are still in Syria, but the plan is to take the man into Iraq, where he would be then turned over to the US State De­part­ment or Jus­tice De­part­ment.

Wash­ing­ton said they are work­ing out what they will do with the man if he is con­firmed as an Amer­i­can.

Pardiss Ke­bri­aei, a se­nior staff at­tor­ney for the Cen­tre for Con­sti­tu­tional Rights, said that even if the de­tainee was di­rectly fight­ing in the war he must be “charged promptly or re­leased, not held in­def­i­nitely, and treated hu­manely in the in­terim.”

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