Hundreds of Swedish residents who went to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have now returned to Europe and the Swedish government has given several of them “protected identities” to keep locals from finding out who they are.
The vast majority of the returning jihadist fighters keep a very low profile once they get back to Sweden as many have committed terrorist offences while in the Middle East.
27-year-old Walad Ali Yousef is one returnee that the government has given a special status protecting his identity, normally given to people under serious threat Expressen reports. Mr Yousef, originally from the heavily migrant-populated city of Malmo, spoke to the newspaper complaining he had difficulty finding a job. “I am looking for many jobs but can not get one because my pictures are out there,” he said. …
Swedish authorities have been heavily criticised for welcoming Islamic State fighters returning from the Middle East and claiming to be able to integrate them back into Swedish society. Others have slammed the government for the fact that many fighters have been collecting state money even after they have left to go to the Middle East.
Robert Spencer notes:
The Islamic State has called on Muslims in Europe to commit mass murder of civilians there, and has vowed to bring down European states. These people have joined an entity that considers itself at war with European states. They should not be allowed back. Then to coddle them this way is suicidal madness.
hat-tip Stephen Neil