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Washington calls on its allies to take back their citizens who fought with ISIS

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged US allies on Monday to take back their citizens detained abroad after they fought for the Islamic State group, saying they could not be held indefinitely in Syria.

Blinken made the appeal from Rome during a meeting of the 83-nation anti-ISIS coalition aimed at defeating the extremist group, as he called on the Italian side to focus more on the threat posed by militants in Africa.

There are ten thousand fighters suspected of being in the ranks of ISIS, who are detained in northern Syria by Kurdish factions allied with Western countries, according to US estimates.

"This situation is intolerable and cannot continue indefinitely," Blinken stressed.

"The United States continues to urge countries, even those participating in the coalition, to take back, rehabilitate, and even prosecute their citizens," he added.