In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, smoke rises over Sinjar, northern Iraq from oil fires set by ISIS militants. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)
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A Palestinian-American member of ISIS gave himself up to Iraqi Kurdish forces in the country's north Monday, an Iraqi Kurdish general said, a rare instance of a voluntary surrender of a militant fighting with the extremist group in Iraq.Helkani said his troops first tried to shoot the man, assuming he was a would-be suicide bomber.The surrender took place on the front lines near the town of Sinjar, which was retaken by Iraqi forces from ISIS militants late last year.The ISIS fighter is currently being held by the peshmerga troops for interrogation, Helkani added.The Iraqi Kurdish general did not provide further details or a hometown for the man but a photograph of the IS fighter's American driving license was posted on social media sites, identifying him as Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 26, from Alexandria, Virginia. In grainy cell phone footage, also posted on social media shortly after the surrender, the man is seen surrounded by Iraqi Kurdish troops and confirming that he is from the United States and that he is Palestinian.Iraqi officials also say the group has launched a number of chemical weapons attacks.
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