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A Turkish media report claimed that Syrian actress Shinda Khalil, 28, was stabbed to death by her brother in Horstens on Dec. 29 because she would not fund his travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. Justice Minister Frederiksen said Danish jihadists with the Islamic State who attack Danish forces will be charged with treason; authorities estimate that over 100 people have left Denmark to join the Islamic State, and that at least 50 of them have returned. Danish and Norwegian officials are investigating a terror threat posted on a French website after last week's attacks in Paris which said Denmark and Norway will be targeted next.
Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper that was attacked by terrorists in 2005, said that security concerns prevent it from republishing cartoons from Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was attacked in Paris this week. The Parliament is considering closing the Grimhøj mosque in Aarhus, after a recent documentary showed its congregation praising the Islamic State and denouncing democracy.
While several Muslim organizations in Denmark condemned today's terrorist attack in Paris, Abu Ubaydillah, the head of Kaldat til Islam, expressed approval of the attack. Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt said "all options" must be considered in response to extremism. A Danish newspaper that was previously attacked by Islamists adopted heightened security measures.
An official with Denmark's NEC agency, which monitors gang activity, warned that radicalism is on the rise among gang members. Mohammad Rafiq, head of the International Institute of Human Rights, said immigrant gangs in several parts of Denmark are forcing people to conform to sharia law. The Defense Ministry announced that Danish soldiers have begun working with British troops in the training of Kurdish and Iraqi forces in Iraq.
The defense ministry reported that Danish forces have flown 13 missions and launched 18 bombs against the Islamic State in Iraq since Nov. 17. Official reports indicate that Danish police have received have received 51 bomb threats since summer 2013, an average of one every 10 days.
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.