American IS Terrorist: I Made a Bad Decision

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -
This image made from video posted on Twitter by a Kurdish fighter shows a man that the Kurdish military says is an American member of the Islamic State group shortly after he turned himself in to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, Monday, March 14, 2016. The circumstances of the surrender were not fully disclosed but it marked a rare instance in which an IS fighter voluntarily gave himself up to Iraqi or Kurdish forces in Iraq. (Kurdish fighter via AP)
This image made from video by a Kurdish fighter shows a man that the Kurdish military says is an American member of the Islamic State group shortly after he turned himself in to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, Monday. (Kurdish fighter via AP)

The American Islamic State group terrorist who handed himself over to Kurdish forces in Iraq’s north earlier this week says he made “a bad decision” joining IS, according to a heavily edited interview he gave to an Iraqi Kurdish station that aired late Thursday night.

Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 26, from Alexandria, Virginia detailed his weeks-long journey from the United States to London, Amsterdam and Turkey. There he said he met an Iraqi who arranged his travel through Syria and finally to Mosul.

“I didn’t agree with their ideology,” he said, explaining why he decided to escape a few weeks after arriving.

Khweis gave himself up to Iraqi Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday.

As IS terrorists lose territory, U.S. officials predict there will be more desertions.