Red Cross to meet American ISIS captive held by U.S. military

Friday, 29 September 2017, 04:37:37 PM. The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that the U.S. had formally notified the organization of the capture, and the ICRC was arranging a visit.
More than two weeks after a U.S. citizen fighting for ISIS surrendered to a Pentagon-backed militia in Syria, the American’s identity is still a mystery. But the International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that the U.S. had notified the organization of the capture and the two sides were arranging a visit. In keeping with Red Cross practice, the organization declined to identify him. But Red Cross spokesman Marc Kilstein said in response to a question by the Miami Herald that the organization “has been officially notified of the detention of a U.S. citizen, captured in Syria and currently held by the U.S. authorities.” “We are following up with the U.S. authorities to organize a visit, and anticipate being given timely access ... in accordance with U.S. law and policy as well as the ICRC’s own standard procedures for such visits, such as speaking with the detainee in private,” he added. The Department of Defense, likewise, has been short on details about the man — his age, his name, where he is held, what would become of him — after initially disclosing the existence of the only known American citizen who is an Islamic State detainee in U.S. military custody. A Pentagon statement called him a “known enemy combatant” who was handed over to U.S. forces “on or about Sept. 21,” after he had surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-supported Kurdish-dominated militia. Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson, a Pentagon spokesman for detainee issues, confirmed that the...Read more
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