European Union calls for return of Syrian refugees as the war against Islamic State draws to a close

- European Union calls for return of Syrian refugees as the war against Islamic State draws to a close.

- Senior German politicians have urged Merkel to open up communications with the Syrian government.

- The Syrian army already claims it has won the war against IS.
Senior EU officials have started to call for Syrian refugees who fled the the ensuing violence
and suffering from the war against Islamic State to be returned to their home country now that the war is over.

After recovering all strategic strongholds from IS, the Syrian Army on Wednesday claimed that it had won the war against the terrorist group.

This has prompted senior German officials to call on Chancellor Angela Merkel to open up communications with the Syrian government to facilitate the return of refugees who fled the war in Syria.

The right-wing Alternative for Deutschland (AFD) party say Angela Merkel and her new government should immediately strike up talks with Syria’s president Assad to start the ball rolling on a deal to repatriate migrants that had fled to Germany during the migrant crisis.

"This deal should ensure that the returnees will be accepted in Syria and accommodated only in safe areas," the AFD said in a statement. They are also calling for the Syrian government to help pay for the cost of sending them all back.

The Green Party, which has been invited to help Merkel form a government, branded the politicians “irresponsible, inhumane and heartless”.

Yesterday, the Syrian army claimed it had won its war against ISIS after recapturing the last jihadi city, Albou Kamal, from militants.

“The liberation of Abu Kamal city is very important because it signals the general fall of the terrorist Daesh organisation's project in the region,”a statement from the Syrian army said.

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