300 Swedes have left to fight in Middle East
According to Säpo, the Swedish security service, 300 Swedes have joined extremist terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq over the last three years.
Säpo chief Anders Thornberg said that, of those 300, 40 have so far been killed in combat, and around 125 are still fighting in Syria and Iraq.
“That is quite a large number,” Hans Brun, a researcher on counterterrorism at Kings College in London told Sweden’s TT news agency.
“Compare, for example, with the Second World War when there were only about 180 Swedish volunteers in the SS.”