JNN 29 Jan 2015 Brussels : The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has announced that at least one hundred Swedish nationals have joined the ranks of the ISIL Takfiri Terrorist group, are fighting alongside the IS terrorists in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
“We have seen an increasing number of young Swedes travelling to Syria, where they go and get training in training camps. They learn to become terrorists, handle explosives and handle weapons,” Säpo Director General, Anders Thornberg, said on Wednesday.
He further noted that the number of confirmed cases of Swedes fighting alongside ISIL militants is growing rapidly, and the figure has shown a growth of eight people compared to 92 cases registered a week ago.
Earlier this week, Swedish Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson said the government is planning to present a bill that would criminalize Swedes, who have taken part in training with or fighting for terror networks.
According to an October report by the UN Security Council, 15,000 foreigners have flocked to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the ISIL or other terrorist groups.
European countries, including Sweden, have repeatedly expressed concern over the ISIL’s influence across the continent. Authorities fear that the European militants will use their combat skills against their countries upon returning home.
ISIL controls some parts of Iraq and Syria. The terrorists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi and Syrian communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving ISIL out of some areas in Iraq. Syrian government forces have also retaken full control of several districts from the Takfiri terrorists.
The attorney general for Australia has warned about the gravitation of the country’s nationals towards the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group, noting a change in the trend of radicalization.
George Henry Brandis said on Saturday that increasing numbers of young women were joining the group.
“At an earlier time, perhaps even six months ago, we were concerned almost entirely about young men,” Brandis said.
“But a more recent estimate by the national security agencies suggests that a growing number of young women are traveling to participate in that fighting as well.”
Brandis said about 90 Australians were now believed to be caught up in the conflict, compared to 70 last year.
The ISIL extremists have been engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control in Iraq and Syria. They have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Takfiri Radicalization in Spain :
Also on Saturday, Spain’s police arrested four people in the city of Ceuta, an exclave located on the north coast of Africa, on suspicion of belonging to a Takfiri Terrorist group. Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said the detainees “are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically, and mentally.”
Earlier in the month, Belgian police shot dead at least two suspected militants and left another seriously injured during counter-terror raids in the country’s east.
In a video, released by ISIL militants, three Frenchmen are seen burning their passports and calling on Muslim French citizens to join the Takfiri group and kill “nonbelievers.”
Thousands of people from Europe are said to have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the ISIL militants, which currently control some parts of the two countries.
United States :
On Friday, a US court jailed a “radicalized” Colorado teenager intercepted by the FBI when she attempted to join her fiance to fight in Syria.