TSC Report Cited by The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Weighs Destinations for Islamic State Detainees in Syria
July 24, 2018
The Wall Street Journal
By: Gordon Lubold
The U.S. has returned about two dozen suspected Islamic State fighters detained in Syria to their home countries as it grapples with the fate of hundreds more, leaving the door open to sending some to the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. defense officials said.
The Pentagon has been assisting the Kurdish and Arab forces it backed in Syria in holding about 600 Islamic State detainees in seven detention facilities there, U.S. defense officials said. The Defense Department has paid to upgrade the facilities and improve conditions, but has left the job of guarding and monitoring detainees to its primary ally in Syria, an amalgam of Kurdish and Arab fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, they said …
Mr. Rood declined to provide specifics about what foreign capitals had accepted the detainees, citing those countries’ desire not to publicize the deals. According to an October 2017 report by The Soufan Center, a global security research institute, many foreign fighters are from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Tunisia and France, while dozens of countries also account for some.
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