Captured foreign jihadists must be dealt with: Mattis

Rome, Italy | AFP | US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that doing nothing with foreign fighters captured in Syria “was not an option” after a meeting of the US-led anti-Islamic State group coalition in Rome.

During the fierce offensive to oust the IS group from its former stronghold Raqa, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured “hundreds” of foreign jihadists, Mattis said.

The United States does not want the prisoners to remain in Syria where they fear the power vacuum could allow the fighters to escape and once again take up arms.

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