Officials took 27-year-old Muhammad Jamal Amin, of Virginia, into custody after he approached a checkpoint near Sinjar, Kurdistan of Iraq. Kurdish Peshmerga forces suspected he was a suicide bomber and fired warning shots in his direction. Amin told the Kurdish troops that he was looking to leave the Islamic State and travel to Turkey.
Amin identified himself as an U.S. citizen with a Palestinian father and Iraqi mother. Kurdish television displayed his passport, a Virginia driver’s license and other identification he was carrying at the time of his arrest, sources told CBS News.
Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said they could not confirm the arrest. U.S. intelligence assessments indicate that about a dozen U.S. citizens have joined the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
By Ed Adamczyk
The New Mail contributed on this report