MATTIS: NO AGREEMENT ON WHAT TO DO WITH CAPTURED ISIS FIGHTERS

Members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) did not agree Tuesday on what to do with captured foreign fighters, Defense Secretary James Mattis said.

Speaking to reporters after a closed-door coalition meeting in Rome, Mattis said the issue was “not resolved in a final way,” but that individual countries must take responsibility for ISIS fighters that hail from their nation.

“The important thing is that the countries of origin keep responsibility for them,” Mattis told reporters traveling with him from Rome to Brussels. “How they carry out that responsibility, there’s a dozen different diplomatic, legal or whatever ways, I suppose. But the bottom line is, we don’t want them going back on the street.”

“Doing nothing is not an option,” he added later.

The debate over what to do with foreign ISIS fighters captured on the battlefield has heated up after the U.S.-back Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured two men that were part of an ISIS cell known as “The Beatles” because of their English accents.

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