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Norway, Finland Lose Track of Jihadists

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A lighthouse in Norway

A lighthouse in Norway. Photo: Mariamichelle (Pixabay).

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since “fremmedkriger” (or “foreign fighter,” a euphemism for “jihadist”) was voted Norway’s word of the year in 2014. Today, the Nordic country is still at pains to reform its flock of returned jihadists and locate dozens more people whose whereabouts are still unknown.

About 100 Norwegian men and women were estimated to have traveled to Syria and Iraq. According to figures from the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), around 40 of them appear to have “vanished.” Despite the fact that Islamist extremism was claimed to constitute the biggest threat to Norway in a new risk assessment by PST, security officials are convinced that the terrorist risk has abated, national broadcaster NRK reported.

“It’s uncertain what happened to them. The situation in recent months has been incalculable, as Daesh has lost many areas. Our biggest fear is that they might, unbeknown to us, return to carry out violent actions,” PST senior adviser Martin Berntsen told NRK.

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