A Texas man who signed up with ISIS is not showing any remorse, but instead, explains why he decided to join the terrorist organization.
Warren Christopher Clark, a 34-year-old American teacher, was one of five Islamic State fighters captured in eastern Syria earlier this month, reports Fox News.
According to Clark, he does not regret joining ISIS. Clark sent his teaching resume to the group in hopes of participating as an English teacher.
Speaking to NBC News about why he decided to leave the United States for the terrorist group, Clark said:
“I wanted to go see exactly what the group was about, and what they were doing. Of course, I saw the videos. I think with the beheadings, that’s execution. I’m from the United States, from Texas. They like to execute people, too. So, I really don’t see any difference. They might do it off camera, but it’s the same.”
In a report quoted by Washington Post, Clark sent a cover letter to ISIS under the false name Abu Muhammad al-Ameriki.
The letter read:
“I have a long background in teaching a variety of different subjects . . . this has given me leadership skills and I have learned to adapt to new situations and environments with ease. Teaching has given me the opportunity to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and learning capabilities.”
Clark insists that he never took up arms with the group and was detained as a result. However, he said the terrorist let him go unhurt.
On January 6, Washington Post reported that Kurdish forces had captured two American citizens hiding out in Syria’s last remaining Islamic State stronghold.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is said to have identified the men as 34-year-old Warren Christopher Clark and Zaid Abed al-Hamid, 35. Also captured were three others suspected of being foreign recruits in the Islamic extremist group.
Clark lived and worked as a substitute teacher in the Houston area of Texas before traveling to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to teach English, according to an NBC report. He said he crossed over into Syria from Turkey in June 2015.
Clark reportedly converted to Islam in 2004 and later became radicalized online. He is described as a “middle-class churchgoing family with ties to the military.”
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