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U.S. Renews Pressure on Europe Over ISIS Fighters Held in Syria

  • Bolton says Europeans would have to return to home countries
  • Trump’s tweet in February put onus on U.K., France, Germany
A man suspected of being an Islamic State fighter is searched after leaving the last IS holdout of Baghouz. 

A man suspected of being an Islamic State fighter is searched after leaving the last IS holdout of Baghouz. 

Photographer: Delil Souleimen/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. will keep pressing its European allies to take back citizens caught fighting for Islamic State in Syria if they’re released, National Security Adviser John Bolton said.

The fate of the estimated 800 to 1,000 captives taken by Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria has been a sore point since President Donald Trump tweeted in February that the U.K., France, Germany and other European countries should “take back over 800 ISIS fighters” or “we will be forced to release them.”