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Palestinian-American Member Of Islamic State Surrenders To Kurds

Ynetnews reports: A Palestinian-American member of the Islamic State group gave himself up to an Iraqi Kurdish military unit in the country’s north, an Iraqi Kurdish general said Monday.

The circumstances of the surrender were not fully disclosed, but it marked a rare instance in which an IS fighter voluntarily gave himself up to Kurdish forces in Iraq. In neighboring Syria, meanwhile, Syrian Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State told The Associated Press that they are seeing an increase in the number of IS members surrendering following recent territorial losses.

Maj. Gen. Feisal Helkani of the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces identified the individual as Mohammed Jamal Amin.

Helkani said the man is a Palestinian-American who has been fighting with IS in Iraq and surrendered near the town of Sinjar – retaken by Iraqi forces from IS militants late last year.

According to Helkani, Amin was carrying with him a large amount of cash, three cell phones and three forms of identification, including a US driving license. The IS fighter is currently being held by the peshmerga for interrogation, Helkani added.

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