More than 2,000 suspected foreign IS fighters being held in Syria, U.S. officials say

Published By ITCT News Desk On : April 19, 2019
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Washington: The number of suspected foreign IS fighters being detained by U.S.-backed forces in Syria has now surpassed 2,000, with a small number claiming to be U.S. citizens, three US officials were quoted by CNN on Wednesday.

A U.S. defense official told CNN that the detainees are being biometrically screened and only a little over 1,000 have been confirmed to be foreign nationals but that the number is expected go up as the screening progresses.
“Currently, we can confirm more than 1,000 foreign terrorist fighters from more than 50 countries in SDF custody. We anticipate that number will rise as we work with the SDF to verify the national identities of ISIS fighters in SDF custody,” Pentagon spokesman Cdr. Sean Robertson was quoted by CNN.
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