US calls on countries to take ISIL prisoners from Syria
WASHINGTON – Reuters
The U.S. State Department on Feb. 4 called on countries to take in foreign fighters captured by YPG in Syria, two days ahead of a meeting in Washington of dozens of coalition partners fighting ISIL to discuss the way forward in Syria.
The issue is likely to be raised today at the first high-level meeting of allies since President Donald Trump’s announcement in December that he was pulling U.S. forces from Syria.
A Pentagon adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity said the State Department statement reflected the dilemma about what to do with the prisoners created by the withdrawal of U.S. forces.
“This was a problem created by surprise with an ill-coordinated and ill-considered announcement of complete U.S. withdrawal from Syria,” said the Pentagon adviser. “We now have precipitated a crisis because our allied counties were not expecting to have to bring back home their foreign fighters.”