joint chiefs chairman joe dunford visits guantanamo Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford visits Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Cuba, on March 9, 2016. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Amid Planned Syria Withdrawal, U.S. Scrambling to Find Places to Send ISIS Detainees

President Trump’s surprise announcement that he was pulling the U.S. military out of Syria came with no plan in place for what to do about more than 790 imprisoned ISIS fighters and their families. Now his administration is in a frantic search for solutions, including a renewed look at sending the most dangerous fighters to Guantanamo Bay, U.S. and congressional officials tell NBC News.

The scramble has been complicated by the fact that the timeline for the planned U.S. withdrawal keeps evolving, with Trump and his aides giving shifting descriptions of how fast the troops are leaving. The ISIS detainees are being held in Syria by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, who have warned they may have to let the ISIS fighters go if a feared onslaught by Turkish forces occurs.

Amid the tumult, U.S. diplomats and military officials have been making urgent appeals to foreign countries to take back foreign fighters who went to fight in Syria and were apprehended, so they can be imprisoned and prosecuted in their home countries. It’s an appeal the U.S. has been making for several years in anticipation of an eventual U.S. withdrawal, but nearly every country has refused.

Read more at NBC News

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