British 'pharmacist' detained in Syria after 'joining Isis'

24 Septembre, 2018, 13:41 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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A social media account belonging to the worldwide brigade of mainly European volunteers fighting with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) showed a video of the man being questioned.

The man, who says his name is Anwar Miah, is said to have been apprehended by Kurdish forces a month ago near Hajin in Deir ez-Zur, a province on the Iraq border.

The man says he is Anwar Miah and is from Birmingham.

In the video posted on Saturday, the man spoke with a British accent and said he had lived in Syria for "just under four years".

Pressed about whether he was working for IS, he adds: "I work in the general hospitals".

When questioned on why he is in the area, he replies: "I came here to work with the general people and to help people work in their general hospitals".

He added: "I will say, for those of us who work on this stuff, there have always been rumours about some fairly high profile/prominent Brits having got away/being captured and held in custody". They were controlled by Daesh, I can't do anything about that. "All my work was with the public".

Around 1 month ago a #YPG #SDF patrol arrested this ISIS terrorist from the city of #Birmingham #UK in #DeirEzzor near #Hajin. Both men are accused of being members of an Islamic State torture cell.

"He gives his name as Anwar Miah and says he's a doctor/pharmacist from Birmingham".

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A British suspected Islamic State fighter has been caught by the UK's partner forces in Syria.

He tweeted: "One of the big questions and dilemmas for security agencies, after Islamic State lost Raqqah and Mosul, is: who died?"

At least three other British men are now in Kurdish and U.S. custody in Syria, accused of being members of Isis.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh fell into the hands of Kurdish militia fighters in January.

The pair's capture became the subject of controversy after it emerged the Home Secretary had not sought a guarantee that they will not face execution if extradited to the United States for terror crimes.

A British "pharmacist" captured in Syria insists he wasn't part of Isis, despite working in areas controlled by them.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "The UK advises against all travel to Syria".

"Anyone who has travelled to these areas against United Kingdom government advice, for whatever reason, is not only putting themselves in considerable danger but also under suspicion".

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