US President Donald Trump said that other countries, specially India, Pakistan, must assume the battle against Islamic extremists as the US negotiates a withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He also warned Europeans to take back nationals captured fighting for the Islamic State, or he will release them back to their countries.
Asked by journalists if he is concerned about the reemergence of the Islamic State group in Iraq, Trump said forces under his lead had wiped out the extremists’ caliphate.
“At a certain point Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, they are going to have to fight their battles too.”
“We wiped out the caliphate 100 percent. I did it in record time. But at a certain point, all of these other countries, where ISIS is around ... are going to have to fight them. Because do we want to stay there another 19 years? I don’t think so.”
He singled out India and Pakistan as frontline countries that are doing little to fight jihadist groups.
“Look, India’s right there, they are not fighting it, we’re fighting it. Pakistan is next door. They’re fighting it, very little.... it’s not fair. The United States is seven thousand miles away,” he told reporters.