India has done nothing, Pakistan very little in terrorism fight

Clay Curtis
August 22, 2019

President Donald Trump Wednesday appeared to rule out sending the thousands of ISIS foreign fighters now being detained by U.S. allies in Syria to the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying that the ISIS detainees should be repatriated to their countries of origin.

In Afghanistan, a deal between the Taleban and the United States for USA forces to withdraw could drive some die-hard Taleban fighters into the arms of ISIS, Afghan officials and militants say.

Mr. Trump's comments came a day after he indicated that the USA forces would not completely withdraw from Afghanistan and America would have "somebody there" to make sure that the Taliban does not regain control.

"At a certain point, Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, they are going to have to fight their battles too", Trump said at the White House. We've got thousands of them and now as usual our allies say, no, we don't want them even though they came from France and Germany and other places. "I don't think so".

However, Trump singled out India and Pakistan as frontline countries that are doing little to fight militant groups.

"Look, India is right there. They are fighting it, very little, very, very little". "It's not fair. The United States is 7,000 miles away". When I took it at 98 per cent I said all right, maybe we go home now, let these other countries in.

On Wednesday, President Trump sent a stern message to European leaders: if the countries from which captured ISIS fighters came don't take them back, he'll air drop them into Europe.

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Trump, meanwhile, assailed France and Germany for not repatriating citizens who had fought with Islamic state and are now being held in camps in Syria.

"We beat them. We captured them".

Speaking from the Oval Office alongside Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in July last month, Trump also warned he could end the conflict in a matter of days through force and "Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth", but preferred dialogue.

Meanwhile, the growing activities by ISIS militants in certain parts of Afghanistan have created concerns among the officials although the Afghan and US forces regularly conduct raids against the terror group.

The United States has for years been doubtful about Pakistan's wholehearted commitment to the US-led war on terrorism.

The US drawdown or reassignment of some security forces in the region has left some room for the group to rebuild, the report said. He gave enthusiastic backing to Imran's government and publicly urged Trump to meet Imran.

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