The pending US pullout set off a countdown for governments whose citizens, having joined IS, were captured by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go." Several countries, including France, that have chosen to leave the jihadists in SDF detention now confront a diplomatic, legal, political and logistical puzzle. - Deep transatlantic rift -An SDF commander said his US-backed forces slowed their advance to protect civilians. Trump's Syria pullout has highlighted the deep trans-Atlantic rift that emerged under his presidency, and the differing views of the two sides were on display Saturday at a security conference in Munich.
Source: Bangkok Post February 17, 2019 06:56 UTC