ISIL fighter from Virginia asks Kurdish captors to stop filming

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Kurdish peshmerga forces posted video of a camera-shy American fighter for Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) who was captured near the Iraqi town of Sinjar.

Muhammad Jamal Amin
Muhammad Jamal Amin

Upon his capture, the man identified as 27-year-old Muhammad Jamal Amin, originally from Virginia, is said to have voluntarily defected from ISIL. He claimed to have accidentally entered Kurdish-held territory.

In the video clip, the American terrorist asks the Kurds to stop filming, to which one of the Kurdish fighters asks “why no camera?”

In a video circulated by Kurdish sources online, Amin can be seen surrounded by Kurdish fighters, with his head bowed, as a peshmerga commander asks him his identity.

When the man cannot respond in Arabic or Kurdish he asks him in English “where are you from?” to which the jihadi responds, in American-accented English “the United States.”

According to the Kurdish Rudaw news site, Amin’s father is Palestinian, while his mother is from Mosul, which is ISIL’s de facto capital in Iraq.

A peshmerga commander said Amin had entered Iraq in January after crossing the Turkish border, and from there made his way to Mosul.

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