President Donald Trump has sent off a barrage of tweets about foreign ISIS fighters, at a time when ISIS’ control has shrunk to just 700 square meters in Syria and a final offense has been launched to oust ISIS completely.
The thought now is that thousands of European ISIS fighters will permeate Europe and Donald Trump has made it clear via his tweets.
“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!” his tweets read.
These fighters are currently imprisoned in Syria. Their fate is unclear as nobody seems quite sure what to do with them.
If these foreign fighters are merely released in Syria, chances are they will make their own way back to Europe, and not face trial. Trump feels that Europe can now play its part and step up, by bringing these fighters home and ensuring they go on trial.
The Syrian Defense Force has launched their final offensive to oust the last ISIS fighters. Fights are taking place in the east of the country, in the town of Baghouz Al-Fawqani.
When ISIS peaked, they ruled over 10 million people, in an area the size of Great Britain.
The fate of the 800 or so foreign soldiers is not in the hands of the military. It has become a diplomatic issue. The fate of the prisoners remains to be seen, as well as of those displaced by the war. Many have no identity and many are refugees, who may not want to go home.
The UK is loathed to bring the European ISIS fighters home. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said Britain will “not hesitate” to stop the ISIS fighters from coming to the UK, but those who do return, will be investigated and prosecuted if found guilty.
“We have a range of tough measures to stop people who pose a serious threat from returning to the UK, including depriving them of their British citizenship or excluding them from the UK,” Javid said.
“We closely monitor any returnees who pose a risk and new terror legislation passed this week allows us to make traveling to certain designated regions an offense. We also support communities in their efforts to prevent radicalization.”