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Trump U-Turn Makes Islamic State Jihadists Turkey’s Problem Now

  • Thousands of jihadists and relatives held at Kurdish camps
  • Europe had lobbied to reverse earlier Trump shift on Kurds
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President Donald Trump has given Turkey the nod to begin its long-threatened occupation of a strip of northern Syria, but he’s also handed it a poisoned chalice: Responsibility for thousands of so-called Islamic State jihadists and their relatives detained by Kurdish forces.

Securing or perhaps even rehabilitating the IS recruits, many of them foreigners who joined the caliphate’s ranks during its rapid expansion from 2014, will become a Turkish problem once in Syrian territory, and it’s one Ankara may be ill-prepared to handle.