A Kurdish general has claimed that an Islamic State member believed to be an American-Palestinian has surrendered to Peshmerga forces, reported AP Monday.
Peshmerga Maj. Gen. Faisal Helkani accepted Mohammed Jamal Amin’s surrender while he and his force were operating near Sinjar in ISIS-held territory in northern Iraq. Amin was captured with a significant amount of cash, three cell phones and three forms of identification, one of which was a U.S. driver’s license. He was captured when he mistook Peshmerga held territory for the Turkish border.
Peshmerga fighters fired warning shots at Amin when he was spotted, believing him to be a suicide bomber. Amin surrendered shortly after.
Amin is believed to have been born in Virginia. His mother is a native of Mosul, Iraq while his father is Palestinian.
It has been estimated that around 250 Americans have attempted to join ISIS, with as many as one in six being women. Of the 30,000 foreigners believed to have joined ISIS, approximately 4,500 hail from Western countries.
Amin’s capture follows last week’s confirmation that Sleiman Daoud al-Afari had been captured and interrogated by U.S. forces in late February. Al-Afari is believed to have been in charge of ISIS’ chemical weapons program.
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