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Europe Balks at Taking Back ISIS Fighters, By Stacy Meichtry in Paris and Julian E. Barnes in Brussels (WSJ)

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Feb. 13, 2018

A number of European militants have been captured as the U.S.-led coalition rolls back Islamic State

The U.S. is pressing for European Islamic State militants captured in Syria and Iraq to be sent back to their home countries in an effort to ensure they don’t return to the battlefield.

One problem: Europe doesn’t want them.

As the U.S.-led coalition has rolled back Islamic State, European militants have retreated to Northern Syria, only to be captured by Kurds and other rebel forces that lack an established justice system to prosecute and imprison the fighters long-term. Their legal limbo raises the specter of militants slipping through the cracks and regrouping to carry out attacks.

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