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As the United States is preparing to eradicate a few remaining forces of Isis in Eastern Syria, European allies are fighting the fate of their citizens, detained in war-torn people. President Trump has asked Western countries to accept Islamic state fighters and conduct criminal proceedings in their native countries.
In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump called on European countries, especially the United Kingdom, France and Germany, to take over 800 European-born fighters who joined the Islamic state and were later captured by the US military.
"The Khalifa is ready to fall," said Trump on Saturday, pointing out that if the EU countries refuse to return citizens, the alternative is not good because we will be forced to release them.
Afterwards, Trump added, "The US does not want to watch while these Isis fighters penetrate Europe where they are expected to go."
The United States wants Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back more than 800 fighters from Isis, whom we captured in Syria and sued them. The khalifa is ready to fall. The alternative is not good in that we will be forced to release them …
– Donald J. 17 February, 2019
Syrian Democratic Forces Controls the northeastern region of the country, estimated to be 800 western men, 700 women and approximately 1,500 children detained in prisons and camps throughout the region, Le Monde reported.
But the question of what to do with thousands of people who are now returning to Europe – either prisoners or their own will – is a difficult question about the legal systems of ex-combatants, their spouses and children. And the one that has become more urgent since the control of the Islamic state continues to decrease in Syria and Iraq by the high power between 2013 and 2015
German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas has addressed some of the complications associated with with the return of Islamic state fighters in the country in a televised interview Sunday night, the NAP blog says. Maas noted that the lawsuits would be "extremely difficult to implement", largely due to the lack of "judicial information". As a result, he added, prisoners should be returned to Germany only if they are certain they will be tried.
More than 1,000 citizens have traveled to Syria and Iraq since 2013, with a third of them already returning to Germany, according to government figures. On Monday, a German interior ministry spokesman broadened Maas' statement, saying: "In principle, all German citizens and those suspected of having fought for the so-called IS have the right to return," Reuters reports. However, she added, extradition is only possible if suspects have access to a consulate – a condition that the German government can not guarantee "because of the armed conflict there."
In France, where the government is very resilient to accepting French members of ISIS over the last six years, there are controversial reactions to Trump's demands.