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Trump Warns Europe He Will Free ISIS Fighters If Allies Won’t Prosecute Them

Trump Warns Europe He Will Free ISIS Fighters If Allies Won’t Prosecute Them by John Vandiver – Stars & Stripes

President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to release hundreds of Islamic State fighters being held in Syria if allies in Europe don’t agree to take custody of the militants.

 

“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,” Trump said in a late-night tweet. “The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.”

 

Trump, who intends to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, said the likely destination for the militants would be European countries. “The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go,” Trump said.

 

During the civil war in Syria, hundreds of militants flooded into the country, many coming from Europe to join ISIS' ranks. It's unclear how many of the militants Trump is referring to are actually European citizens…

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