Pentagon Releases ISIS Member in Syria

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa

The notice said the release would happen in "no sooner than 72 hours" and that the man was asked to choose his preferred location but did not agree to the release. "We'll be asking the court to immediately intervene and ensure the safe release of our client".

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

ACLU attorney Jonathan Hafetz said the government's "meager offer to return his money and give him a cellphone does not remotely provide any protection from the violence and danger that exists throughout Syria".

Justice Department lawyers representing the US military in the case made a commitment not to release the man until at least June 21st during an appearance in federal court on Friday, according to Dror Ladin, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the detainee in the case. "Our fight for our client's right to due process has also become a fight for his right to life", Hafetz added.

The man has been detained without charge by US forces in Iraq since he was captured by Kurdish troops in 2017. The detainee, who has a degree in electrical engineering, is married with one child, according to court papers.

"This is a country that the government itself has classified as an absolute "do not travel" threat, encouraging citizens to "draft a will" and 'leave DNA samples with [their] medical provider [s]' in the event they decide not to heed the government's warning". Once briefing on this new development begins, we will have much more to say both there and here. A longer sealed court filing also was entered in court. He disputed that the SDF - a group the USA military has worked with closely in the fight against ISIS - mistreated the detainee.

A spokesman for the Defense Department declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

After being blocked by a Washington court from handing over the dual US-Saudi citizen, identified only as "John Doe" to Saudi Arabia, the Justice Department said in a filing that it had made a decision to release the man in Syria, where he was originally taken prisoner.

"In addition, Petitioner was carrying over $4,000 in cash and a Global Positioning System device - both of which were recognised by the SDF as marks of an [IS] fighter, not a civilian".

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. He is said to have submitted work to United States media outfits in 2014. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were unable to gather enough evidence to bring charges against him, so USA officials first considered sending him to Saudi Arabia, where he also holds citizenship, according to a December New York Times report.

However, the ACLU successfully argued that it was unconstitutional for a U.S. citizen to be transferred to another country.

Oral arguments on the request for a temporary restraining order will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m.in federal district court in Washington. No court has yet ruled on whether the suspect's detention is lawful or not.

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