France and Germany rebuff US demands to take back 800 ISIS volunteers captured in Middle East

European countries led by France and Germany have reacted coolly to Donald Trump’s demand that they take back their citizens captured fighting for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Germany said it would be “extremely difficult” to repatriate Isil volunteers, while France said bluntly that it would not respond to the US president’s demand.

“The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 Isil fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,” Mr Trump tweeted at the weekend.

If European governments did not respond, he warned that the US and its Kurdish allies would release the captured jihadists who could make their way back to Europe.