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Trump asks Europe to withdraw its ISIS mercenaries from Syria

Summary of Disinformation

US President Donald Trump called for European countries to withdraw their mercenaries from Syria, which are fighting on behalf of ISIS/Daesh. There are thousands of mercenaries from European countries fighting in Syria.


In a tweet, President Trump said: “The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them”.

The article twisted President Trump's meaning using the words “withdraw their mercenaries” to suggest that ISIS combatants are mercenary fighters sent by European governments. In fact, EU countries are part of the global coalition fighting the Islamic State, not supporting it.

The same narrative is repeated in at least four other articles published on February 17th and 18th 2019, reporting on the debates in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Britain, and France about the repatriation of ISIS/Daesh prisoners. One focuses on the last part of Trump’s tweet about releasing the combatants, under the headline: “Trump threatens Europe with ‘unleashing ISIS dogs’”, and includes a cartoon of Trump holding a group of dogs – one of them with something resembling the Islamic State logo on the side – against the terrified leaders of Britain, France and Germany.

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Reported in: Issue 138
Date: 17.02.2019
Language: Spanish, Castilian
Country: Europe, Syria, Spain
Keywords: Donald Trump, Syrian War, Foreign mercenaries, Daesh
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Spanish
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