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Syria cannot be Europe's Guantanamo Bay prison

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18.02.2019

The message came in typical Donald Trump manner: lacking in style and bordering on extortion. But, like it or not, there is some validity to the United States president's demand that European countries take back their citizens who fought for the Islamic State group (IS) and are currently being held in Kurdish captivity.

Local Kurdish authorities have long been asking that the hundreds of European fighters imprisoned in northern Syria be taken off their hands. That request was intentionally ignored, but now the White House has stepped in.

There are hundreds of detained women from Germany, France and the United Kingdom who face an uncertain future, for istance — many also have children born in IS territory. And after the fall of the last IS-held position in Baghuz, their numbers are likely to rise even further.

Overwhelmed Kurds

The prisoners are........

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