• Sweden edition
 
Muslim Swedes told to join Syrian war effort

Muslim Swedes told to join Syrian war effort

Published: 27 Nov 2012 12:22 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Nov 2012 12:22 GMT+01:00

Säpo told the TT news agency that a few Swedes are already fighting in the Syrian civil war.

The new video clip was posted on YouTube on November 21st by a group calling itself the Swedish holy warriors in Syria (Svenska Mujahideen Fi Ash Sham). The group also emailed a link to the video to TT.

"Jihad is obligatory for any and all who believe in Allah, his prophet and doomsday. It is obligatory in Sweden and in the rest of the world," a man speaking in fluent but slightly accented Swedish says in the clip.

"It is heart-wrenching when Muslims turn their back on their sisters and brothers," one of the masked men adds.

"The aim is to raise awareness and recruit people to the conflict in Syria," terror expert Linus Gustafsson of the Swedish National Defence College (Försvarshögskolan) told TT.

The video shows several persons holding automatic weapons assembling outdoors. The landscape appears to be Mediterranean.

However, experts at Säpo explained they were unable to confirm that the video is recorded in Syria.

It also remains unclear why the group has chosen to use an older Arabic name for Syria - Sham.

Nor is there information on whether the men in the video have any ties to larger militant networks or have acted alone in producing the amateur clip.

Other experts also questioned the extent of the Swedish connections of those behind the video.

"You see one person who speaks Swedish, so it's hard to say anything about how many who are behind the film have ties to Sweden," terror expert Lars Nicander from the Swedish National Defence College told Expressen.

The new recruitment video is not the first time Swedes have been called to arms by groups claiming it is a religious obligation.

”(Somali Islamists) al-Shabaab did something similar two years ago and filmed it in the sports arena in Mogadishu,” terror expert Lars Nicander at the Defence College (Försvarshögskolan) told Expressen.

TT/The Local/at

Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

14:07 November 27, 2012 by Rishonim
Any Swede or naturalized Swede who take up arms in another country should, if they make it back alive, be put in prison and be stripped of their Swedish citizenship.
14:32 November 27, 2012 by Achilles7
Please don't call them Muslim Swedes. They are muslims living in Sweden. Jihad is not obligatory in Sweden - Sweden is not a muslim country. Anyone caught insisting on Jihad or Sharia law in Sweden should be deported immediately. That's not the way we live here, thank you very much.
15:12 November 27, 2012 by Svensksmith
While I am sure to catch flak from the pro-Islamic faction on this forum, I must sincerely say that this is exactly the type of thing that makes me question the moniker: "the relgion of peace".
17:31 November 27, 2012 by omphus
Surprising that TheLocal haven't turned this into a story about Sverigedemokraterna
18:00 November 27, 2012 by TG22
I think they should go, maybe even with the ticket paid by the Swedish government. Of course, their citizenship should be revoked and names put on the terrorist list.

There we have a win-win situation, the "brothers" get more fighters and the infidel taxpayer a safer country...
18:36 November 27, 2012 by intrepidfox
What i have always wondered with people ifrom the Middle East and Somalia is how can they after being given refuge go on holiday to their homeland after they are threatened with death on return go to terrorist training camps.
21:53 November 27, 2012 by Peter1234
Read carefully what is written:

"Jihad.... It is obligatory in Sweden and in the rest of the world,"

What is Jihad. Jihad is the fight against the enimies of Islam.

I wide range of interpretation is possible from these sentences.
01:44 November 28, 2012 by Enjoyourlife
It is not strange to me.Muslims are of different species, I guess. I once met one muslim in the train and he showed me his pictures and video while fighting in Libya. He is back here living normally. I was so shocked.
02:53 November 28, 2012 by Grokh
they should lose their citizenship immediately, they are not trained soldiers nor were given orders by the swedish government to fight a war ergo anyone they kill is a criminal act.

and clearly jihadists fundamentalists fight only their enemies the problem is anyone who isnt them is an enemy , even if they are from the same religion.
05:15 November 28, 2012 by Sven-Ingvar
None of Sweden's business what happens in Syria?
09:33 November 28, 2012 by Juniorr
I am a muslim, but do not support Jihad as a way of life for Muslim. Let the Swedish government be weary of people trying to infringe religious violence in this peaceful country. Some people hv violence in their genes so it will always be difficult to meet their demand.
10:56 November 28, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
18:13 November 28, 2012 by fmb
this is a perfect opportunity not to let them return to the country
23:28 November 30, 2012 by Stuart Parsons
Indigenous Swedes do not seem to realise that Allah created the planet Earth and it belongs to him. Those Muslims who have moved to Sweden are obliged to take it,over and govern it according to Sharia on behalf of the Mighty Allah. Therefore Jihad an behalf of the Mighty Allah in Sweden is most certainly permissible.

The snag is that Islam is unable to present any VERIFIABLE evidence whatsoever for the actual existence for the mighty Allah.

If I am wrong and the mighty Allah does really exist, Sweden may expect famine, pestilence and fire, for opposing his will. I shall be watching the news media for any signs of starving Swedes suffering severe illness in their burning homes.
00:13 December 1, 2012 by bcterry
"I am a muslim, but do not support Jihad as a way of life for Muslim."

Then you either do not believe in the koran, or you are not a true muslim.

"Jihad (holy fighting in Allah's Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims), though you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and like a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not." [Another translation reads:] "Warfare is ordained for you."

" As one would expect, Islam teaches that the Qur'an is perfect, the complete revelation of Allah to mankind. The Qur'an is held to be flawless, completely unassailable in what it says, both in fact and doctrine. Because of this perceived completeness and perfection, Islam is viewed to be the ultimate religion, the final religious revelation from Allah to man, superseding all previous belief systems. With the completion of the Qur'an, Muslims believe, the need for revelation ended and Allah's message to man was concluded."

To be a muslim, if your in for a penny, you're in for a pound.

There is no middle ground.
Today's headlines

Malmö beat Olympiakos at home

Malmö became the first Swedish side to win a Champions League match in 14 years after thumping Olympiakos 2-0 on Wednesday night. READ  

Education
Three Swedish unis in world's top 100
One of the buildings at the Karolinska Institute. Photo: TT

Three Swedish unis in world's top 100

Three Swedish universities were ranked among the top 100 in the world in the new Times Higher Education ranking, with another two featured in the top 200. READ  

Politics
Nuclear freeze agreed by new government
A nuclear power station in Forsmark, Sweden. Photo: TT

Nuclear freeze agreed by new government

Sweden's Social Democrats and Greens Party have announced a coalition agreement to halt nuclear energy development. READ  

International
Sweden rethinks Afghan translators' asylum
A Swedish soldier in Afghanistan. Photo: TT

Sweden rethinks Afghan translators' asylum

The Migration Court in Malmö has ruled that Sweden's Migration Board was wrong to reject the residence applications of seven Afghan interpreters without assessing their protection needs. READ  

The Local List
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
Speak Percussion will perform at Connect in Malmö in November. Photo: Connect

Top five winter festivals in Sweden

Autumn has swept into the country and chilly days lie ahead. But there are plenty of winter festivals where you can warm up in the coming months. With tickets already selling fast, here are The Local's top tips. READ  

Business
Swedish Saab plant sheds a third of workers
Workers at the Saab plant in Trollhättan. Photo: TT

Swedish Saab plant sheds a third of workers

Swedish car maker Saab has announced it has axed 155 workers, close to a third of its workforce. READ  

International
Sweden's 'most dangerous art' on sale
A Danish site is selling the works that the Swedish state wants destroyed. Screenshot: www.entartetekunst.dk

Sweden's 'most dangerous art' on sale

Work by controversial jailed Swedish artist Dan Park is on sale online and could reach a gallery in Copenhagen, despite a previous exhibition being pulled. READ  

Society
Sweden is 'second best' place to grow old
Pensioners in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden is 'second best' place to grow old

Sweden has dropped to second place in an annual index measuring the quality of life of elderly people in 96 countries around the world. READ  

National
Top Swedish skier killed in Chile avalanche
Andreas Fransson, left. Photo: Markus Alatalo

Top Swedish skier killed in Chile avalanche

UPDATED: The bodies of two of the world's top skiers, Sweden's Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair from Canada, were found on Tuesday after they were reported missing in an avalanche in the Andes. READ  

Politics
Coalition promise to boost welfare and jobs
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

Coalition promise to boost welfare and jobs

UPDATED: The Social Democrats and the Greens have agreed to raise unemployment payments and promised to create more jobs in the construction industry, The Local has learned. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Apology for Swedish model's stolen photos
Politics
New coalition agrees on defence and migration
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Botkyrka
Education
New government to make school compulsory to 18
Politics
Sweden Democrat wins Deputy Speaker spot
Blog updates

01 October

Future tense – ska or kommer att? (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej igen! Karen had a question the following question on that about future tense: Explain when you use “komma att ” and “ska”. I’m running along forever here using “ska” and realize suddenly everyone uses “komma att” this and that all the time! In Swedish there are three different ways to express future tense and they are not..." READ »

 

01 October

Academy-Award Winning Actor Geena Davis on Changing the Way We View Women in Media (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"There are two moments in Geena Davis’s life that molded her into the powerful women’s advocate and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media she is today: living in Sweden and starring in Thelma & Louise. The first part of her personal journey took flight in Sandviken, a small rocky town east of..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Swedish scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Gallery
People-watching: September 28th
National
When Italian style meets Swedish simplicity
Lifestyle
Review: Sweden's first alcohol-free nightclub
Gallery
In Pictures: The MS Estonia disaster
Lifestyle
Ten things expat women notice in Sweden
Politics
What's next on Sweden's political stage?
Gallery
Sweden's 2014 election: Most memorable moments
Society
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 24th
Seaman Oliver Gee with his first lobster
Lifestyle
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Gallery
In Pictures: Fredrik Reinfeldt through the years.
Society
Plucked out of Canada for love and guitars
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

866
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN