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A court acquitted 10 men who had been jailed for raising funds for a Denmark-based Kurdish TV station that were sent to the Kurdistan Workers Party. Danish military aircraft began targeting the Islamic State in Iraq on Oct. 20. Although more than 100 people have left Denmark to fight in Syria and Iraq, authorities have not arrested any returning fighters and are taking a softer approach. Among the militants released by Turkey to the Islamic State in September was a Dane who had tried to kill writer Lars Hedegaard.
Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt said Denmark will send four operational planes and three reserve aircraft to join the international coalition's air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq. Parliament is expected to approve the plan, which also includes the deployment of 250 pilots and support staff, next week. Authorities reported that 349 blank passports had been stolen from two locations in July and August.
The Justice Ministry introduced new temporary asylum measures in response to a dramatic influx this year of refugees, particularly from Syria. The government also said Danish citizens and residents who travel to fight in foreign conflict zones will be stripped of their passports or residency, and Danish citizens will be imprisoned when they come home.
Foreign Minister Lidegaard said about 100 Danish citizens are fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State. A new Danish government report identified five Islamist groups in Denmark: Hizb ut-Tahrir, Kaldet til Islam, Dawah-centret, Dawah-bærere, and Muslimsk Ungdomscenter. The Danish Muslim Council issued a statement denouncing the Islamic State.
Police arrested the president of the Copenhagen-based Islamic charity Humanitarian Hearts (De Humanitære Hjerter) for supporting the Islamic State, and also arrested two women involved in the organization's work. The main suspect, said to be a Libyan-born stateless person, is accused of collecting money for the IS. Fadi Abdallah, a spokesperson for the terrorism-linked Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus, said that the mosque "cannot help but support the IS" and that he "understand[s] why they are killing people." Denmark is said to rank behind only Belgium among Western countries in having the highest per capita number of nationals fighting in Syria.
Authorities said a Danish photographer held captive 13 months in Syria has been released. He was reportedly freed after a ransom was paid to his Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham captors.
Authorities issued arrest warrants for four men who appeared in an August 2013 video from Syria in which they targeted effigies of former secret agent Morten Storm, free speech advocate Lars Hedegaard, politician Naser Khader, the imam Ahmed Akkari, former prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Two of the men were said to be Danish speakers, and three them may have been killed in Syria. Abu Sa'ad, a Danish suicide bomber, reportedly carried out an attack for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Mosul, Iraq on May 20. Danish intelligence says that 100 people have left Denmark to fight in Syria, and many have returned, but so far none have been prosecuted. Authorities recently declined to prosecute two other cases involving Danish fighters in Syria, and dropped their investigation of an imam at the Qubo mosque.