Backed Syria force says IS holding 1,000 civilians

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces assault’s overall commander Jia Furat answers the press near the Omar oil field in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on Saturday.—AFP

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces assault’s overall commander Jia Furat answers the press near the Omar oil field in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on Saturday.—AFP

The options for Europe are simple - to take Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters "back", or the USA and its subordinate militants in Syria "will be forced to release them".

He joined a large bipartisan US delegation at the conference and addressed the USA fight against Islamic State and the decision to pull troops from Syria.

Germany vowed Monday to prosecute German IS fighters but warned that it would be "extremely difficult" to organise the repatriation of European nationals from Syria, after US President Donald Trump called on allies to take back alleged jihadists.

The captured IS fighters are being held by the Kurdish-led forces.

"Daesh has sealed off all the streets" but up to 2,000 civilians could still be inside, he said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"Thousands of civilians are still trapped there as human shields", he said.

The sprawling IS caliphate, that had once included vast swatches of territory in Syria and Iraq, has shrunk to a tiny encampment in the village of Baghouz on the eastern banks of the Euphrates river, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday.

'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, ' the president tweeted late Saturday.

A former head of the British army has said Donald Trump is right to say British Islamic State fighters held in Syria should be brought back to the United Kingdom because they are the UK's responsibility. Those force numbers would stay "more or less steady", he said."We will want to make sure that we get the right capabilities on the ground to support the Iraqis going forward", Votel told reporters traveling with him last week.

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ISIS terrorist group billboards are seen along a street in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the terrorists, on October 29, 2014.

The Kurds want their countries to take them back, and the US has called on Europeans to repatriate and put them on trial. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!'

When CBS News visited the frontline on Thursday, we found SDF fighters on a more relaxed footing since the final offensive began, and apart from sporadic gunfire, a relative calm suggested that the brutal last battle might be coming to an end.

The SDF declared the final push to capture the village a week ago after more than 20,000 civilians, many of them the wives and families of foreign fighters, were evacuated.

"Over the past month, more than one foreign sleeper cell was arrested in multiple areas in Syria", spokesman Bali said.

US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, on February 15, 2019.

In December, Trump announced that the USA would be withdrawing its forces from Syria, sparking the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, with critics claiming the move could leave the U.S.'s Kurdish allies exposed to attack, allow ISIS to regain a foothold in Syria and create a power vacuum.

Eight years into the conflict that has killed more than 360,000 people, President Bashar al-Assad's government controls almost two-thirds of the country. The ISIS detainees are actually held by the SDF and the SDF must decide what to do with them.

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