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A video featuring Abu Khattab, a Danish-speaking jihadist in Syria has emerged, showing Khattab and three other fighters declaring war on the "enemies of Islam" and aiming guns at photos of six prominent Danes, including NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The chairman of the Danish Syrian Association said the Assad regime was not responsible for the chemical attack in Damascus on Aug. 21. Denmark said it will not offer permanent residency to Syrian refugees.
The state attorney's department for special economic and international crime has begun investigating Syrian refugees who are suspected of committing war crimes in Syria. The investigations will look at those who have fought for the Assad regime as well as those who have fought with the rebels.
Authorities announced a possible lead in the investigation into the February attack on Danish free speech advocate Lars Hedegaard. A dark blue VW Transporter van was seen outside Hedegaard's residence just prior to the attempted shooting. The car was purchased a few days earlier by a man of "ethnic origin other than Danish" who used the false identity "Mohammed Issa"; his description matches that of the attacker.
The head of PET, Denmark's secret service agency, said the agency and the government are taking measures to crack down on Danes who travel to Syria to fight with the rebels, who pose "one of the most serious security risks to the Danish society at the moment." PET estimates that at least 65 Danes have fought in the conflict; five are known to have been killed in Syria. Many of the Danish fighters are said to have joined the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front.
Convicted terrorist Said Mansour, 'the bookseller from Brønshøj', was charged again with terrorism last week, after a tipoff from Scotland Yard linked to the investigation of extremist cleric Abu Qatada in London. Like Qatada, Mansour is wanted by Jordan. Two weeks earlier, one-legged Chechen bomber Lors Doukaev was deported to Belgium to serve out a terrorism sentence.
After being tipped off by Scotland Yard, Danish police arrested a man in Copenhagen linked to extremist cleric Abu Qatada, and are examining evidence seized during the arrest to see if it is banned extremist material. Last year jihadist material in Qatada's name was published online by Al Nur Islamic Information, a Copenhagen company with ties to Said Mansour, a convicted Danish terrorist.
A 29-year-old man who was arrested in Aarhus on March 27 has been sentenced in absentia to police custody after being committed to a psychiatric hospital. Prior to his arrest, the man had shouted he was a terrorist, threatened to blow up the bus on which he was riding, and issued threats against Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.