TERRORIST linked to 9/11 attacks captured in SYRIA - Pentagon confirms

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

The Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters, has caught several foreign members of IS in Syria in recent months, particularly since the SDF captured the northern city of Raqqa from the jihadists.

A Syrian-born German national accused of recruiting 9/11 terrorists has been arrested while fighting in Syria, according to a senior commander.

A Congressional account on the 2001 strikes, the 9/11 Commission report, stated Zammar has been an & ldquo eloquent Islamist & rdquo the merits of jihad that was abusive.

The Pentagon said it had nothing to confirm on Zammar's capture but was looking into it.

The jihadist is best known for allegedly helping plan the September 11, 2001, attacks in the USA, the report said, including recruiting some of the hijackers to the terror group.

The Syrian Democratic Forces military wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), are an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria.

Zammar fled Germany after the attacks and relocated to Morocco, where he was soon arrested in an operation involving Central Intelligence Agency agents.

Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of US Central Command, which oversees US forces in the region, told Congress last month that the Syrian Democratic Forces now hold approximately 400 foreign terrorist fighters.

Votel added that the U.S. was "working on improving the capacity of the Syrian Democratic Forces" to detain these foreign fighters for the long term in the event that some are not returned to their countries of origin.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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