US President Donald Trump on Saturday urged “Britain, France, Germany and other European allies” to take back the Daesh militants captured by the US in Syria, hinting at the release of the fighters if Washington’s EU allies refuse to put them on trial.
In a Twitter post, Trump said that “the U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS [Daesh] fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go”, hinting at the efforts made by the US troops in Syria on fighting Daesh and its associates.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, US administration officials fear that some of the 800 detained fighters could wreak havoc unless European governments put them on trial. Moreover, senior US officials have reportedly warned that the EU is running out of time to take back the jihadists captured in Syria.
The terror threat has remained high in the EU in recent years. European countries have faced a number of bloody terror acts, including a concert bombing in Manchester on 22 May 2017, which claimed lives of 23 people.
While President Donald Trump declared in December that Daesh had been defeated, a report by the inspector general described the terror group as a potent force of battle-hardened and well-disciplined fighters that continues to be able to coordinate offensives and counter-offensives, as well as operate as a decentralized insurgency.