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Terror expert warns Sweden against repatriating Syria jihadists

Swedish terror expert Magnus Ranstorp says the Isis children will forever be linked to their Isis past. Photo: Susanna Persson Oste/TT file picture

Published: 18.Feb.2019 17:24 hrs

A Swedish terror expert on Monday warned Sweden against heeding US President Donald Trump's call to repatriate Swedish Isis fighters captured in Syria, saying the jihadists – along with their wives and children – could pose significant security threats to the Nordic country in decades to come.

Over the weekend, Trump threatened to release some 800 foreign Isis fighters currently held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria unless the European nations from which the jihadists come from agree to repatriate them. Several of the foreign Isis fighters being held, as well as their partners, claim they no longer subscribe to the Isis ideology and have expressed a desire to be returned to their home countries along with their children.

"The main problem is that Sweden doesn't yet have the laws in place, and so we can't prosecute them [here yet]," Swedish terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told The Local in an interview, noting that it's not just the jihadists themselves who pose a security risk, but also their partners and children.

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