India is not fighting extremists

Iraq's rapid response forces detain a man as they storm a house in the Tarmiyah district north of Baghdad searching for wanted Islamic State group suspects

NBC News reported at the time, "Experts estimate US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces hold some 800 European ISIS fighters in makeshift prisons, but the mostly Kurdish militia group is struggling to maintain them more than four months after ISIS lost the last significant part of its so-called caliphate".

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

Meanwhile, U.S, and Taliban negotiators are reportedly nearing a deal to end the almost 18-year war in Afghanistan, which would allow the United States to withdraw its troops from the country.

In his interaction with the reporters in White House on Wednesday, Trump said "At a certain point, Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, they are going to have to fight their battles too".

"You have millions of people that want to be ruled by others and maybe on both sides. I don't think so".

Trump said that the U.S. was fighting the terrorists in Afghanistan despite being 7,000 miles away while India and Pakistan were not doing so even after being next door."Look, India is right there".

"Look, India is right there". They are fighting it very little. The United States is 7,000 miles away, Mr. Trump said.

He also warned Europeans to take back nationals captured fighting for the militant Islamic State group, or he will release them back to their countries. "If Europe doesn't take them, I'll have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came, which is Germany and France and other places", Trump said, adding: "The United States is not going to put them in Guantanamo and pay for that".

"We beat them. We captured them". United States soldiers have been in Afghanistan for 18 years now, since September 2001.

Washington is keen to end its involvement in Afghanistan, where it has spent more than $1 trillion and Trump has said since the start of his presidency that he wants troops out.

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

"In continued close cooperation with the government of Afghanistan, we remain committed to achieving a comprehensive peace agreement", Pompeo said in a statement. Trump has also been suspicious of Pakistan, saying last year that "they don't do a damn thing for us" despite receiving more than a billion dollars in aid a year.

With additional input from AFP.



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