Pentagon Plans to Release Detained US Citizen Into Syria

  • Pentagon Plans to Release Detained US Citizen Into Syria

Pentagon Plans to Release Detained US Citizen Into Syria

In the Wednesday filing, the US said it told the ACLU it could release him in a Syrian town or outside a refugee camp but that his lawyers refused to state a preference.

But his legal representative, the American Civil Liberties Union, immediately said it would fight the release into war-torn Syria, which it called a "death warrant" for the man.

The man, who is not named in court filings, has been represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, which says the government's plan is unacceptable.

It's common in war detention settings, he said, to return someone to "the point of capture - at least if it's safe to do so, and that's one of the questions for the court".

The move comes as a federal judge in DC mulled an ACLU challenge to the man's detention, which had drawn unprecedented judicial scrutiny to the US's legal underpinning for the war on ISIS.

An unidentified man, who holds a dual Saudi-U.S. citizenship, has been held in Iraq by the U.S. military for about nine months.

The US originally sought to transfer the detainee to another country which has not been specified, but is thought to be Saudi Arabia.

The man was questioned for US intelligence purposes, but American officials said they lacked admissible evidence to charge him with a crime.

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld an earlier ruling from Chutkan that prevented the government from "forcibly - and irrevocably" transferring the man without allowing him to challenge his detention.

In court papers, the USA has said the man joined the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in 2014 in Syria, and that the man attended a training camp, pledged allegiance to its leader and was listed in an ISIS document as a "fighter".

The Defense Department intends to release an American citizen accused of fighting for ISIS, according to a Justice Department filing Wednesday night.

The government has said in court filings that the man was born in the United States but raised in Saudi Arabia.

The Pentagon is now seeking to release the detained American near where he was captured by Syrian Democratic Forces and turned over to the U.S. military, according to a declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

"The Trump administration has effectively admitted it has no reason to detain our client and he doesn't pose a threat". He is also said to have been a guard in an oil field, an imam monitor ensuring sharia requirements and an overseer of civilians in the heavy equipment office.

He claimed that he was a freelance journalist who was arrested and agreed to work for ISIS to try to gain release, according to court records. The detainee said he had press credentials to do freelance writing about the conflict in Syria, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn't found any published articles or blogs he wrote. "This is a disgraceful way to treat an American citizen", Hafetz said in a statement.

The Iraqi air force has carried out several air strikes against ISIS in Syria since a year ago, with the approval of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and the USA -led coalition fighting ISIS.