Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, has on Monday revealed that 10,000 suspected Islamic State (ISIS) fighters are being held in Northern Syria by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Blinken disclosed this in Italy, Rome, while speaking at the opening of a meeting to renew international efforts to combat the Islamist militia (ISIS).
He described the situation as ‘untenable,’ urging countries, including the 78 member countries of the coalition against ISIS, to take withdraw their citizens who had joined the Islamist group.
“This situation is simply untenable. It just can’t persist indefinitely.
“The United States continues to urge countries of origin, including coalition partners, to repatriate, rehabilitate, and where applicable, prosecute their citizens,” Blinken said in his opening remarks.
Infoxclusive recalled that a Human Rights Watch report in March 2021 confirmed that the Kurdish-led Syrian SDF are holding more than 63,000 women and children of suspected ISIS from more than 60 nations in two camps surrounded by barbed wire.
Meanwhile, ISIS was declared militarily defeated in 2017 but has since waged a steady insurgency in Northern Iraq and neighbouring Syria.