The American-backed Kurdish militia in Syria on Wednesday announced it has apprehended eight alleged ISIS terrorists, including a 16-year-old from America.
The Kurdish force known as the YPG said in a press release that its special forces rounded up the group of suspected militants on Monday and Tuesday over the course of a two-day operation in the Eastern Syrian Province of Deir ez-Zor, located about 15 miles away from the Iraqi border.
The militia, one of the United States most important allies against ISIS extremists in Syria, said the terrorists had been planning strikes intended to “slow down the progress of our forces by attacking civilians as a last resort” at the time of their capture.
A teenager from the United States identified by the YPG as Soulay Noah Su, who also goes by Abu Souleiman al-Amriki, was among those taken into custody earlier this week by the special forces team.
Other arrested suspects include 58-year-old Adil Rahimov and 28-year-old Farhad Qaderov, both of Uzbekistan; 22-year-old Mohammad Dawlat, from Tajikistan, 27-year-old Askar Zarmanbetov from the Ukraine, 30-year-old Sattibek Oshibaev from Kazakhistan, 30-year-old Bimuraev Begjan of Russia and 31-year-old German native Lucas Glab.
The YPG said all eight suspects were “put under long-term technical and physical surveillance by our relevant forces” immediately following their arrests.
United States officials have not confirmed the Kurds are holding an American teen in Syria.
The announcement comes days after the Syrian Democratic Forces revealed the capture of five alleged ISIS fighters in Syria, two of which are American. They were identified as Zaid Abed al-Hamid and Christopher Warren Clark, an English teach from Texas.
United States officials have previously estimated that the SDF has more than 700 foreign fighters in its custody from nearly 40 different nations. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria, which he announced in December, has sparked concern over where those in Kurdish custody will land.