of ISIS are fleeing the Middle East and quietly returning to Europe
in an attempt to rejoin society, but there’s one problem: None of
them can find jobs.
daily newspaper in Sweden, known as the Expressen, interviewed
several former jihadists recently and spoke to them about how
difficult it was to get hired.
just want to forget everything,” explained 27-year-old Walad
Yousef, who was one of 150 fighters to return home to Sweden in
apply for a lot of jobs, but I can’t get any because my pictures
are out there,” he said, according to the Daily Caller.
who refuses to use his real name, added that many Swedes are worried
about what the returnees will do now that they’re back in the
man told the Expressen that he was afraid to talk on the record
because he has “enough problems” finding a job as it is.
of the ex-fighters have been forced to make up stories about why they
fled to the Middle East, with some claiming they were there to help
asked about the difficulties of returning home, one former soldier
acted like the newspaper had the wrong guy.
very strange. Anyone can say they’re me,” he said, despite there
being leaked government records detailing his allegiance to ISIS.
mean, it’s war. Maybe someone recommended me,” the man added. “I
like many other countries, has been on edge due to the numerous
terror attacks that have taken place in Europe over the past few
of residents have fled the country and joined up with ISIS since its
inception. Authorities believe there are roughly 100 Swedes still in
the Middle East fighting on the group’s behalf.
really dangerous ones have not come back yet,” local terror expert
Magnus Ranstorp told the Expressen.
vast majority may not do anything, but they are still a danger to the
authorities and it must be managed,” he said. “It is important
for the police to be able to prioritize this area so that they do not
become dangerous for society.”
worry! Sweden has the answer!
Gives Returning ISIS Fighters New Identities To Help Them ‘Start
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.
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.
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.
joined the Islamic State in 2014, travelling to the ISIS capital of
Raqqa in Syria. Formerly a small time criminal, Yousef sent pictures
of himself in Syria posing with Kalashnikov rifles to encourage his
friends in Sweden to join the terror group.
Bherlin Dequilla Gildo, also from Malmo, is now back in Sweden living
under an entirely new identity. In 2012 he posted images of himself
posing with dead bodies, who he claimed were “Assad’s dogs” and
participated directly in killings of Syrian regime soldiers.
is assumed that the remaining 100 or so Swedes still in the Middle
East fighting for the Islamic state are the most radical. Some fear
that as Kurdish troops push further into Raqqa, the Swedes will
attempt to return home.
expert Magnus Ranstorp said, “the really dangerous ones have not
come back yet,” and added, “The vast majority may not do
anything, but they are still a danger to the authorities and it must
be managed. It is important for the police to be able to prioritise
this area so that they do not become dangerous for society.”
several of those returning are free, many others like Sultan Al-Amin,
31, and Hassan Al-Mandlawi, 33, have been sentenced to life in prison
for their crimes committed in the city of Aleppo.
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.
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. One man, a former “Islamophobia expert” was able to collect
thousands from the Swedish government while living in Raqqa.