Kvinner fra Baghouz i Deir al-Zor, IS’ siste bastion i Syria. 12. februar. Foto: Rodi Said/Reuters/Scanpix
Donald Trump ber allierte ta tilbake 800 IS-krigere som er tatt til fange og stille dem for retten. Alternativt vil de bli sluppet løs. Trump sa dette samtidig som IS siste område ved Eufrat var ved å falle.
“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,” he said in a Tweet. “The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them…
Trump sa USA ikke ønsker å se disse krigerne spre seg i Europa. Det er på tide at andre tar sin del av ansvaret, sa Trump.
“….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!”
Kurdisk-ledete styrker, SDF, holder allerede hundrevis av IS-krigere. Nå tar de enda flere til fange. Kurderne har ikke kapasitet til å holde dem på ubestemt tid.
Spokesman Mustafa Bali said the SDF had caught several militants trying to flee among the civilians. Others had handed themselves over.
Their fate, and that of their families, has befuddled foreign governments, with few ready to repatriate citizens who pledged allegiance to a group sworn to their destruction, but who might be hard to legally prosecute. The SDF does not want to hold them indefinitely.