DONALD TRUMP has called on the UK and other European allies to ‘take back’ more than 800 Daesh fighters captured in Syria.
The US president warned the militants could ‘permeate Europe’ unless Britain, France and Germany ‘step up’ and put them on trial.
Mr Trump tweeted: ‘The caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.
‘The US does not want to watch as these Isis fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.
‘We do so much, and spend so much — Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing.
‘We are pulling back after 100% caliphate victory!’
Daesh fighters are now contained within a 7,500sq ft area around Baghuz, in southern Syria, with Ciya Furat, a commander with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), telling reporters on Saturday: ‘We will very soon bring good news to the whole world.’
The capture of the last pocket held by Daesh would mark the end of a four-year battle against the so-called caliphate that once controlled almost a third of Iraq and Syria — although Mr Furat said the SDF would continue the fight against sleeper cells.
Home secretary Sajid Javid has said he ‘will not hesitate’ to prevent Britons who joined Daesh returning.
Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said ‘not for the first time’ he disagreed with Mr Trump and told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 feel strongly about the issue.
He said: ‘If somebody leaves this country and joins a group that is actively plotting to harm and kill people in this country, it surely can’t be right that these people come and walk straight back in when it’s convenient.’
But former head of the Army Lord Dannatt told the programme Britain and other countries must ‘take responsibility for their citizens’.
He said: ‘We bring them back, we talk to them, we investigate them, and if there are charges that could properly be laid, they should be put through the judicial process and punished accordingly.
‘But I think it’s important that we do treat these people fairly. It’s really important we get this right.’