Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) is asking the administration to explain why it transferred to Iraq a suspected member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria instead of bringing her to the U.S. for prosecution.
The suspect, Nasrin As’ad Ibrahim, also known as Umm Sayyaf, was captured by U.S. forces in Syria on May 15 during an operation that targeted her husband, Abu Sayyaf, a senior ISIS leader.
In a Aug. 13 letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, McCain requested a detailed explanation in writing as to why Sayyaf was not extradited to the U.S. to stand trial.
“Umm Sayyaf was clearly involved at the top levels of a foreign terrorist organization with which the United States is in a state of hostilities,” he wrote.
“In particular, I would like to know whether representatives of the Department of Justice recommended bringing charges against Umm Sayyaf in the United States prior to her release to Iraqi custody,” he wrote.