The US-backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces announced that it captured five ISIS members in the extremist group last stronghold in Deir Ezzor province, east of the Euphrates river, bordering Iraq.
According to SDF two of the five arrested are from the United States with the rest from Ireland and Pakistan. The terrorists were preparing to launch attacks against the fleeing civilians from that area.
The five are 34-year-old American Warren Christopher Clark from Huston, who goes by the name “American Abu Mohammad” and American from Arab origin Zaid Abed al-Hamed known by “American Abu Zaid”. Also, an Irish citizen called Alexander Ruzmanovich Bekmirzaev from Dublin, in addition to two Pakistanis Fadel al-Rahman Jad from Lahore and Abed al-Azem Rajbout.
The Syrian Democratic Forces have arrested around 1,000 foreign fighters of ISIS during its control of vast areas in Syria. Furthermore, intelligence indicates that of those captured are militants who were believed to be part of a notorious kidnapping cell dubbed ‘The Beatles’ known for torturing hostages and executing foreign journalists in Syria and Iraq.