A Virginia man who was fighting with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq was detained by Kurdish military forces Monday while apparently trying to flee to Turkey, according to media reports.

The Kurdish news agency Rudaw, citing a local commander, said Muhammad Jamal Amin is an American citizen with a Palestinian father and Iraqi mother from Mosul.

Rudaw said Amin had mistaken the peshmerga territory for the Turkish border when he approached a checkpoint near the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Amin had entered Syria from Turkey two months ago, Rudaw said.

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