The United States urges its allies to join the handling of hundreds of foreign fighters captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The United States wants the militants to be repatriated to their home countries for trial. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to discuss the issue at a meeting in Rome this week with coalition member states fighting against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The SDF has captured thousands of ISIS fighters, including hundreds of foreign fighters from various countries . The issue became even more important after the SDF announced the arrest of two British ISIS members, known to often behead the hostages.
US officials said they would not send the men to a detention camp at Guantanamo, and British leaders say they do not want to receiving the men back.
Kathryn Wheelbarger, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Mattis told reporters that the large number of detainees has caused trouble. Said Wheelbarger, SDF arrested 40 militants every day, and places of detention are full. [ii]