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US asks nations to repatriate extremists as it leaves Syria

The US urged other countries Monday (February 4th) to bring home hundreds of "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, AFP reported.

US allies have been grappling for weeks with what to do with foreign fighters detained in the war-ravaged country by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have warned that they may not be able to guard their jails once US troops leave.

"The US calls upon other nations to repatriate and prosecute their citizens detained by the SDF and commends the continued efforts of the SDF to return these foreign terrorist fighters to their countries of origin," State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.

"Despite the liberation of ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria, ISIS remains a significant terrorist threat and collective action is imperative to address this shared international security challenge," Palladino said.

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