President Donald Trump has told the EU it must take back its 800 ISIS fighters captured in Syria by US-backed forces and put them on trial.
“Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing,” the US President tweeted late Saturday night.
He warned that as ISIS is “ready to fall,” more than 800 prisoners could make their way to Europe.
“The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them. The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.
The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them…
….The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much – Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!” Trump tweeted.
The top US general in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, responded to a question by CNN’s Barbara Starr on Sunday about the issue of the detainees and said, “The numbers are not negligible. And what happens to them is, as you stated, that’s the big question.”
“Now here’s the real challenge: if you joined ISIS, you handed over your passport, you handed over your ID card, you handed over your birth certificate and that was destroyed and you were issued into ISIS – so the real question is, it’s not just the prisoners, the detainees, it’s what are we going to do with these stateless people?” LaCamera told reporters.
LaCamera said the issue is “not in the military’s hands. This is really in diplomatic channels.”
“It’s not just the detainees – it is those that have been displaced by ISIS or don’t have an identity,” LaCamera said. “How are we going to deal with them? You know, will the Iraqis take them? And again, if you’re a refugee, you can’t force them back, right?”
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