Trump demands European allies step up and deal with captured ISIS fighters

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    WASHINGTON (SBG) - The days of the so-called Islamic State appear to be numbered, as Syrian Democratic Forces have ISIS fighters confined.

    Meanwhile. President Trump continues his push to remove U.S. troops from the region as soon as possible.

    In December, President Trump released a video announcing his intent to pull troops out of Syria.

    In it he said “we have won against ISIS. We’ve beaten them and we’ve beaten them badly we’ve taken back the land."

    Now The White House is looking ahead, in a pair of weekend tweets demanding "Our European allies take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial, adding it’s “time for others to step up and do the job.”

    ....The U.S. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019

    Research by The Soufan Group shows that in addition to coming from Russia and Saudi Arabia, thousands of foreign fighters who joined the Islamic state are from Europe - including France Germany and the United Kingdom.

    "The bulk of the fighting, the bulk of the expenditures was ours, was America's. If you want to call yourself an ally you have to act like one and this is the president’ s expectation now,” said Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump administration official

    who said the president is acting on his America First policy.

    “This president isn’t interested in invading other people’s countries and trying to turn them into little versions of America,” Gorka said in an interview Monday.

    At a security conference in Munich, Germany this weekend, the divide was on full display, German chancellor Angela Merkel warning the U.S. withdrawal from Syria will strengthen Iran and Russia.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the need to work alongside European allies.

    “The american people understand that it's only by working in cooperation with our friends that we are going to be able to harness the forces of a rapidly changing world,” Biden said.

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