Two U.S. citizens who became ISIS jihadis in Syria — including a Texan who wanted to teach English in Mosul, Iraq — were captured by Kurdish-led forces, Stars and Stripes reported Sunday.
Warren Christopher Clark, 34, was captured in a counterterrorism raid near the Iraqi border, the Syrian Democratic Forces said Sunday, the military news outlet reported.
The ISIS fighters were preparing to attack civilians fleeing the area, the SDF said. Three other foreign fighters were caught as well: two men from Pakistan and one from Ireland, the news outlet reported.
Officials with Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, were aware of the SDF release, but couldn’t confirm the account and were investigating, Stars and Stripes reported.
Clark, who went by the alias Abu Muhammad al-Ameriki, was reportedly one of at least 64 Americans from 16 states who had traveled to Iraq and Syria since 2011 to join jihadi groups, mainly ISIS.
He once submitted an application to join ISIS as an English teacher in Mosul, when it served as the capital of ISIS’s physical caliphate from 2014 to 2017, the news outlet reported.
The second American the SDF captured was identified as Zaid Abed al-Hamed. The 35-year-old, who reportedly went by the alias Abu Zaid al-Ameriki.