Trump said the "Islamic State" was about to collapse and demanded that Europe accept ISIS prisoners of war.

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Trump said the "Islamic State" was about to collapse and demanded that Europe accept ISIS prisoners of war.

2019-02-18 18:32:22 120 ℃


Speaking outside the White House on February 15.

On the evening of February 16 , US President Trump sent two tweets from his Haihu Manor in Florida, calling the self-styled Harifa of the Islamic State, an extremist terrorist organization, "about to collapse"; but Trump also threatened to take back hundreds of IS prisoners captured by US forces if Washington's European allies refused to do so. These combatants will be allowed to return to their countries of origin to commit disorder.

Trump said in his tweet: " We have a lot of important news to announce about Syria and our victory in the eradication of Khalifa. He also said that the news would be released within 24 hours, which was the first message released by the President of the United States on the 15th after the White House revealed that many important news would be released.

January 29 , the US military pointed out that ISIS would lose the last piece of land in a few weeks; the British Ministry of Defense also said that 99% of the land occupied by ISIS had been liberated, and the remaining 1% could be recaptured this month or next month. The complete eradication of the "Islamic State" from the remaining 1% of the land will be the core operational task of the Kurdish armed forces in Syria, the "Syrian Democratic Army" (SDF), which are second only to the government forces.

On the 16th announcement that "Harifa will fall", Trump issued the latest warning to Europe. In his next tweet, he used the acronym "Islamic State" to write: "The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to return the fighters we captured in Syria < 800 < b > more < b > IS < ISb> and Let them stand trial. The other option is not so good. We will be forced to put them back. "

Trump added:"The United States does not want to see these ISIS fighters infiltrate into Europe, where they are expected to go. After a 100 per cent victory against Harifa, we will withdraw.

U.S. military base in Syria

February 14 , Admiral Tony Thomas, Commander of the United States Special Operations Command, testified in Congress about the number of IS prisoners, saying that is actually close to <1000, rather than hundreds of detainees. Currently in the UK, there has been a heated debate over whether to allow the return of nationals who had previously defected to ISIS. The US counter-terrorism Department estimates that since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, < b> < b > < 110 < b > < b > < b > more than < b > < 45 < b > and < b > < 000 < b > combatants have flooded into the country, among which < b > < 8000 < b > from western countries.

According to AFP February 15 , a 19-year-old girl from Eastern London named Shamima Begum is now stranded in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria. She has just escaped from ISIS's last stronghold in eastern Syria. In 2015, she ran away from home with two other girls in her school and joined ISIS in Syria. Begum said she was nine months pregnant, and her two previous children were dead. But < b > the girl did not regret her past behavior. She declared publicly to the media that < b > was not shocked to see an enemy soldier's head cut off and thrown into the trash can. There are many people who refuse to repent, such as Begum. They make the European countries face great challenges on whether to let the extremists and their families return home before ISIS. These people have legitimate nationalities and passports, such as Begum, who can only be deprived of British Nationality under British law when she has dual nationality or is convicted of a felony.

Some Western countries, such as France, have agreed to repatriate some citizens, but so far progress has been slow. Because they fear that their legal system lacks the ability to successfully prosecute their ISIS members for crimes committed in Syria, after all, there may be little evidence. Some politicians in the United States, such as Jim Inhoff, chairman of the Senate Military Committee, have proposed sending foreign fighters to the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but the operation is also very difficult. He said: " will make everyone very hysterical, but we have acquired huge assets there and we need to use them.

Begum's family asked the public to "pity her" when she left home at the age of 15. But London's public opinion is clearly divided into two opposing camps: one advocates banishment and the other considers tolerance.

14, British Secretary of State for Security Ben Wallace made it clear that he would not help Begum. "People who go there because they are interested have now become professional terrorists or helpers in terrorist activities," he said. Said Javid, the Home Secretary, said: " We should remember that those who left Britain to join ISIS are full of hatred for their country. I mean very clearly: if you go abroad to support terrorist organizations, I will not hesitate to prevent you from returning home. If you come back, you'll have to wait for interrogation, investigation and even legal accountability. However, Richard Barrett, former head of MI6 of the British Secret Intelligence Service, said: "If we still respect our values, we should give this girl a chance." Alex Younger, the current head of MI6, who is attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany on the 15th, also said: "Those who join ISIS may learn something and establish contacts, which may make them very dangerous. But they have the right to return.

Kurdish fighters who participated in the final clearance of ISIS strongholds

and, just as President Trump tweeted, field commanders of the Syrian Democratic Army (SDF), supported by the United States, also said to the outside world that it was not long before the Khalifa of the Islamic State "b>". Their territory near the village of Baguz in eastern Syria has shrunk to 600to 700m2 and is completely surrounded. < st1: chsdate > June 29, 2014 < / st1: chsdate >, ISIS leader Abu Baghdadi declared the establishment of the so-called "California" across a large area of Syria and Iraq. But under the attack of the United States-led international coalition forces, following the defeat of the two major cities of Mosul, Iraq, and Raka, Syria, the provisional capital of ISIS in 2017, the "Islamic State" has all the way retreated.

< p> SDF officials also said that < b> as the battle entered its final stage, < ISIS < b> terrorists were trying every means to escape the checkpoints set up by Kurdish armed forces, and it was very difficult to find < ISIS < b> members from the large number of civilians fleeing the battle area. In recent days, more than 20,000 civilians have been evacuated from the eastern shore of the Euphrates River in Dairzur Province, Eastern Syria, some of them ISIS militants and their families.

A Kurdish armed commander told the British Star Daily: "They used all the methods you could think of. Some men dress up as women because we don't ask women to lift their veils. They tried to escape dressed up as women. Now it's crazy. They really put all their eggs in one basket and try every possible way to get involved, because there are so many civilians.

Another Kurdish commander said that some ISIS extremists tried to pass the checkpoint disguised as members of civilian families. "They randomly infiltrate into civilian families and intimidate them. These civilian families dare not say, "Oh, I don't know him. "It doesn't really matter what they say at this moment, because we know where they are," he said. They have only one place to go."

Syrian Democratic Army fighters

However, although ISIS strongholds in eastern Syria will be uprooted, US military and political officials have repeatedly stressed that the battle will not end even if the last part of the "Islamic State" is captured. But after that, ISIS will continue to pose a very serious security threat. At present, all parties involved in the Syrian conflict remain deeply disturbed or wait-and-see about President Trump's withdrawal decision last year <12. Joseph Wattle, commander of the US Central Command, acknowledged that would still pose a long-term threat after the withdrawal of the US military because retained the organizational system, considerable combat power and military resources. Among them, US intelligence officials said: " Islamic State" terrorist organizations still have 2 Wan to < 3 < b> 10,000 followers, including fighters. Member. They are spread throughout Syria and Iraq, including thousands of followers from other countries. "

< p> < b> Although the timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops is not clear, the West has been trying to find alternatives to fill the power gap. On the 15th, Lindsay Graham, a Republican senator of the United States, proposed at the Munich Security Conference that hoped that European countries would send "security zone" troops as a means of persuading Trump to retain the presence of American forces. But a U.S. government official responded on the same day that Britain, France and Germany had in fact rejected Washington's initial proposal to send troops to Syria, which had occurred before Graham's public request. It is also possible that semi-militarized officers from the Central Intelligence Agency will take over the training and guidance of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Army. This task has been carried out by the US Special Forces since 2015.

On February 15, the leaders of Iraq, Russia and Turkey held the Trilateral Summit on Syria in Sochi.

It is said that this approach is still under discussion. Its advantage lies in fulfilling Trump's commitment to withdraw from Syria and not leaving a vacuum in the northeast of Syria or being exploited by the Turkish, Iranian, Russian and Damascus regimes. However, the weakness of CIA's involvement in Syria also exists. "b" The US military can deter the enemy by passing the US flag in Syria at present. However, semi-militarized forces will never have the same deterrent or the ability to reduce the risk of crossing with other forces in the region, including Russia and Turkey. "

The Washington Post even reminded the United States of its local anti-terrorism allies in Syria, Kurdish armed forces."b> In view of the confusion between American and European policies, the leaders of the Syrian Democratic Army should seriously consider whether they can safeguard their status in front of the Russian and Syrian regimes. An agreement with the Syrian regime would be safer for the Kurds, rather than relying on the repetitive United States and Europe. "

But for this prospect, senior US military generals have directly reminded the Syrian Democratic Army that if it intends to cooperate with Syrian President Bashar Assad or Russia, the United States will stop providing SDF.