The Kurdish Peshmerga on Monday captured an American traitor in Iraq who had allegedly defected from ISIS after fighting with the group in Syria. According to Kurdish news outlet Rudaw, the man was identified as Muhammad Jamal Amin, a 27-year-old Muslim man from Virginia. Amin is a citizen of the United States; his father is Palestinian and his mother is Iraqi.
“According to the Peshmerga commander of the Shingal front who didn’t want to be named, the ISIS militant had mistaken the Peshmerga territory for the Turkish border,” reports Rudaw. The commander said that Amin had entered Syria from Turkey two months ago from where he had traveled to Mosul. On his way back to Turkey he had mistakenly walked into the Peshmerga hands.”
At first, Peshmerga forces believed Amin was a suicide bomber. When he approached the Kurdish checkpoint, soldiers fired warning shots demanding that he identify himself. Ultimately, he surrendered and turned himself in as a self-identified member of ISIS, according to International Business (IB) Times.
The Peshmerga have been at the frontlines of battle fighting ISIS for years now. As the standing army of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), the Peshmerga have established a safe haven for rape victims, political refugees, minority religious communities, and others fleeing the barbarism of ISIS colonialism. While the official Iraqi army has only just regained some semblance of cohesion and efficacy in their assault on the Islamic State, Peshmerga fighters have been tenaciously warring with the jihadist group, sometimes using Soviet-era weaponry to fend off ISIS attackers equipped with stolen US Pentagon-issued armaments.
Despite the unparalleled bravery of the Peshmerga, President Obama has stubbornly refused to arm the Kurds, arguing that it would undermine the sovereignty of Baghdad.