Kurdish militia says 16-year-old American among captured ISIS fighters

A U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighting ISIS said Wednesday it has captured an American teenager among eight suspected militants.

The Kurdish force, known as the YPG, said in a statement Wednesday that their special forces conducted an operation in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor on Monday and Tuesday that captured eight members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who were plotting an attack.

The YPG identified one of the captured as a 16-year-old American named Soulay Noah Su, also known as Abu Souleiman al-Amriki.


The others captured were two Uzbeks, a Tajik, a Ukrainian, a Kazakh, a Russian and a German, according to the YPG.

The U.S.-led military coalition fighting ISIS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the YPG statement.

The YPG’s announcement comes days after the Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG is a part, announced that it captured two Americans among five ISIS fighters in Syria.

Those two were identified as Warren Christopher Clark and Zaid Abed al-Hamid. Clark, an English teacher originally from Houston, allegedly wrote a cover letter and resume for ISIS offering to be a language instructor for the terrorist group.

Since President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE announced last month that U.S. forces would be withdrawing from Syria, what to do with captured foreign fighters has become a major question.

The Trump administration has for years tried to convince countries to take back their citizens for prosecution, but has had little success.

There have been few Americans fighting for ISIS captured on the battlefield, but those who have been have largely been transferred to the United States for prosecution.

In one case, though, the administration transferred the suspect to Bahrain after the U.S. military detained him for more than a year. In that case, officials said they did not believe they had enough admissible evidence to charge him in federal court.