A man who says he is a pharmacist from Birmingham, England, has been detained in Syria on suspicion of being a member of Islamic State.
A video of the blindfolded man being questioned by members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed Kurdish militia, was posted on the Twitter account of International Volunteers Report on Saturday. The group said he had been captured in the city of Deir ez-Zor a month ago.
Speaking with a Birmingham accent, the man tells his captors his name is Anwar Miah and he is a qualified pharmacist from Birmingham. He says he has been in Syria for just under four years.
Asked if he is a member of Isis, he says: “I came here to work with the general people and to help people and work in general hospitals. I’ve been working in hospitals since I came here.”