The American Civil Liberty Union, or ACLU, has requested to represent a United States citizen detained in Syria who reportedly fought alongside Daesh (IS). 

The citizen, whose identity is being withheld from the public, is being held without formal charges or access to an attorney.

Government attorneys filed a response to the ACLU, after the organization petitioned the US District Court in Washington, DC, to challenge the man’s detention and seek legal counsel for him.

The man was captured by US-backed Kurdish forces in September, according to Steven Dalbey, director of the Defense Department’s Office of Detainee Policy.

His captors turned him over to US special forces on Sept 12, who identified him as an enemy combatant.

The man is currently detained in Iraq.


More details to follow. Syndicated from Berning Media Network/The War Files. Image 1 of US special operations ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 from Delil Souleiman/AFP – Getty Images via NBC News. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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