Trump urges Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters

According to the US president captured militants would otherwise be released

Photo: EPA US President Donald Trump

President Trump urged Europe late on Saturday to take back around 800 captured ISIS fighters from the continent, or risk the US being forced to release them. According to Trump, the fighters, captured by US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, could be released if European nations do not take them in and put them on trial, risking further IS backed attacks on the continent.

"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 tweeted late night.

"The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them," he continued.

In a second tweet, the president added: "The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go."

Trump's tweets came as US-backed forces in Syria come close to capturing Baghuz, the final town held by ISIS forces. The president said on Friday that victory over the so-called caliphate would be achieved within 24 hours, but no confirmation of Baghuz's overthrow has yet been given. Yet, according to  the US.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, the final assault has been prolonged because ISIS fighters have been using civilians as human shields.

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