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American ISIS Fighter Detained in Iraq: Reports

It was not clear if he had been captured or surrendered



    The Virginia family of a man who surrendered in Iraq said they thought he was on vacation, not fighting for ISIS. Shomari Stone reports. (Published Monday, March 14, 2016)

    A U.S.-born ISIS fighter has been detained in northern Iraq, but it was not clear if he was captured or surrendered, according to reports.

    The man pictured in photos released by local media was identified by an uncle as Mohamed Jamal Khweis, 26, of Alexandria, Virginia.

    "That's him. I cannot believe it," the uncle, Kamal Khweis, told NBC News Monday. "He doesn't even speak Arabic. ISIS? I cannot believe this."

    He said Mohamed told his family he was going to Europe for vacation and when they last heard from him, he said he was in Greece.

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    "They don't know anything about him going to the Middle East."