“For justice to prevail, we call on the international community to set an international tribunal to try Islamic State terrorists in north and east Syria,’’ a statement by the Kurdish autonomous administration in Syria said.
The statement came two days after the U.S.-allied Syrian fighters declared the defeat of Islamic State by seizing the extremist group’s last stronghold in eastern Syria after months of fighting.
“There are over 10,000 Islamic State fighters held by the Kurdish forces in Syria,’’ Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told dpa.
Kurds vowed in their statement to try the fighters according to international laws.
The statement also called on foreign countries whose nationals had fought with Islamic State to take them back.
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured much of the Syrian territory once held by Islamic State, including its former de facto capital of al-Raqqa.
The fate of foreign Islamic State militants and their families has become a pressing issue as the SDF ended the jihadist group’s presence in eastern Syria and the Baghuz area.