Trump: Germany and France must take Islamic State fighters

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is challenging France, Germany and other countries to take back citizens captured fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Trump says the U.S. and its allies are holding “thousands” of Islamic State fighters after forcing the extremist group to abandon the last territory it held in Syria.

But the president told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that European countries need to take back their citizens who joined the extremist group and are now being held prisoner.

If not, he warns that he “will have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came.”

He says the U.S. will not hold them at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, “for the next 50 years and pay for it.”

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