first published on January 7, 2019 by Will
Kurds of the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the capture of two American ISIS fighters in Syria over the weekend.
The captured American jihadists have been identified as Warren Christopher Clark, 34, of Texas, and Zaid Abed al-Hamed, 35. The pair were among a group of terrorists preparing to massacre fleeing civilians from the Hajin pocket in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV).
While no information is being released on al-Hamed, we are getting details about Clark. Clark is a University of Houston graduate who had converted to Islam in 2004. He worked in Texas as a substitute teacher, and then travelled to Saudi Arabia and then Turkey to join ISIS.
In addition to the two Americans, three other jihadist foreign fighters were captured in the Kurdish operation. Two were from Pakistan and a third from Ireland.
While the conditions and logistics for Trump’s withdrawal from Syria are being worked out, heavy fighting continues in the supposed last remaining pocket of Islamic State resistance south of the town of Hajin.
Over the weekend, reports of two UK serivce members, likely SAS, were wounded in an ISIS attack in the MERV, and had to be evacuated by US forces. The British Ministry of Defense said: “We do not comment on special forces,” but our sources are claiming the British troops were wounded as a result of an anti tank guided missile (ATGM).
Additionally, two elite Kurdish CTG operators were reportedly killed during a successful operation to capture a high ranking deputy of ISIS leader Abu Baker al Baghdadi in the MERV.
The following video report from Al-Shahid gives us an accurate update of the ongoing liberation efforts against the Islamic State in the MERV.