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UK rejects return of the Islamic State fighters, despite US calls

BRUSSELS – the british defence minister says that the uk does not wish to take back, two British Islamic State members captured in Syria despite US appeal for countries to deal with citizens who have become foreign fighters.

Gavin Williamson said Wednesday in Brussels that the two, part of a notorious British cell, called the Beatles, “turned their backs on the British ideas, British values.”

He said: “I want them back in the Uk? No, I do not.”

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are holding thousands of detainees, including hundreds of foreign fighters.

The US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that “the most important thing is that the countries of origin hold responsibility for them.”

Williamson said that he and Mattis spoke early Wednesday, but refused to say what possible solutions they had discussed.

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