U.S. President Donald Trump has requested the Netherlands to take back Islamic State fighters. But the coalition government parties have differing views on this request, according to NOS. 

Trump said EU countries should take back and put on trial 800 Islamic State fighters that were captured in Syria by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. “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,” Trump tweeted this past Saturday. “The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.” Many EU countries fear that a lack of evidence could lead to the release of Islamic State supporters once they return home.

D66 wants its government to discuss the request with other EU countries, fearing Islamic State fighters could be released. “If they come back to Europe under the radar, that’s absolutely not good for our security,” said Rob Jetten, D66 parliament leader, according to Kurdistan24. But leader of  christian party CDA said to NOS he has never supported the return of Islamic State members. “The US is blaming Europe for something that is of their own making,” he said. Meanwhile, Christian Union party leader Gert-Jan Segers said the return of the fighters is a risk because they “are people that committed war crimes.” 

The Dutch government previously contacted authorities in northeastern Syria to gauge the possibility of returning women associated with the Islamic State to the Netherlands, according to Kurdistan24. But the government said it will not return the fighters for trial in the Netherlands or send officials to pick up the fighters. They attribute this decision to Syria’s security situation. However, a court in the Netherlands recently ruled that its government should repatriate several women accused of membership in the Islamic State and their children.