The Nordic jihadists

The Norwegian radical Islamist Arfan Bhatti at a demonstration against the “Innocence of Muslims” film, outside the US embassy in Oslo in fall 2012. Bhatti is currently imprisoned in Pakistan

According to intelligence sources at least 75 people have left Sweden to take part in the Syrian civil war on the side of Salafi jihadist groups. From Denmark, Norway and Finland, the comparable numbers are 90, 40 and 30 respectively. That means at least 235 people have left the Nordic countries to fight in Syria – a considerable share of all the foreigners with European or Western passports taking part in the civil war.

Estimates of the total vary between 1,000 and 2,000, with the higher end of the range considered more credible. The Nordic share is remarkably high given the populations of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland and the size of the Muslim diaspora in each country…  Norway, Sweden and Denmark all rank high on the list of jihadist-exporting countries…

Denmark is the Scandinavian country which has had openly radical Islamist circles the longest… Today the central figure is British-Pakistani lawyer Anjem Choudary…

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