OUR attempts to improve the Syrian detention of foreign combatants

WASHINGTON – The top U.S. commander in the Middle East, says that there are ongoing U.S. efforts to improve the Syrian rebels’ ability to hold down what has become a steadily growing number of foreign fighters in Syria.

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of the U.S. Central Command, tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Syrian Democratic Forces are currently more than 400 prisoners.

The US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is urging reluctant allies to the escalating crisis by taking responsibility for their citizens that are recorded. So far those pleas have been largely unsuccessful.

The US is primarily advising and working with the SDF to ensure that inmates get the proper standards of care. But the AMERICAN army, Syria does not have the means or the ability to actually resolve facility shortfalls.

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