The former US vice-president Joe Biden warned during a Democratic debate on Tuesday night that Islamic State fighters would strike the US as a result of Donald Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of American forces in northern Syria.
“We have Isis that’s going to come here,” Biden said. “They are going to damage the United States of America. That’s why we got involved in the first place.”
An invasion of north-eastern Syria by Turkey last week after Trump announced the withdrawal of US forces on Twitter has resulted in numerous reports of detained Isis fighters breaking out of – or simply walking away from – prisons where they had been held by Kurdish fighters formerly allied with the US who are now under attack from Turkish forces.
Biden also warned that he believed if Trump were re-elected in November 2020, “there will be no Nato”.