Two Pakistanis among five foreign militants captured in Syria

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The five are American Warren Christopher Clark (34 year) from Huston, who goes by the name "American Abu Mohammad" and American from Arab origin Zaid Abed al-Hamed known by "American Abu Zaid".

A local fighter, a Kurd from the YPG militia, which dominates the Syrian Democratic Forces, was killed when an Isis unit fired what local commanders said was a heat-seeking missile at the group on Saturday morning.

A Houston native is one of two Americans captured in Syria who are accused of defending ISIS, according to Syrian Democratic Forces.

The ISIS fighters were preparing to attack civilians fleeing the area, the SDF said.

A Pentagon spokesman said the incident is under investigation.

The injuries would be the first known casualties sustained by Western anti-IS coalition forces since President Donald Trump announced in late December his intention to pull out some 2,000 US troops in Syria, declaring that IS has been defeated.

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.

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The SDF reported capturing two Pakistani citizens in addition to the two Americans and the Irish citizen taken into custody.

Some 300 Americans tried to leave or did leave the U.S.to fight in Iraq or Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the report said, citing the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The SDF identified the other foreign captives as Fadel al-Rahman Jad, 48, of Lahore, Pakistan, Abed al-Azem Rajbout, 19, of Sialkot, Pakistan, and Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev, 45, of Dublin, Ireland.

Clark was identified in an NBC News report last February as an American who had sent his resume to ISIS, in hopes of joining the terror group.

In contrast to what is happening in Iraq, where the Iraqi judicial authorities sentenced more than 300 members of the extremist group, including 100 foreigners to life imprisonment or death, the Kurdish authorities and their local allies in Syria refuse to prosecute captured ISIS fighters while they only prosecute the extremist group local members without carrying out the death penalty.

In November, a court filing shows that the Defense Department released him in Bahrain following negotiations with the ACLU.

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