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Trump threatens to release ISIS fighters if EU doesn’t take them

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Trump has previously unnerved allies by announcing a unilateral pullout of U.S. forces in Syria | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

US president’s tweet drew confusion and some outrage from European officials.

By David M. Herszenhorn

2/17/19, 4:35 PM CET

Updated 2/17/19, 4:36 PM CET

MUNICH — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to release 800 ISIS fighters captured in Syria unless European allies agree to accept them and put them on trial.

"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," Trump wrote.

"The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them."


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