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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.
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.
Ahmed Akkari, who was instrumental in drumming up Muslim outrage over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005, admitted that the Danish imams who visited the Middle East on the campaign met with Hamas and Hezbollah to seek their help. Akkari, who has since denounced his own role in the campaign, stated in his new book that the visits with the two terror organizations had to be kept secret at the time for fear that "we would lose the success we were just beginning to have."
Police have identified several members of the Grimhøjvej 7 Aarhus mosque who are suspected of recruiting fighters for jihad in Syria; authorities are attempting to resolve the issue through dialogue. The mosque has previously hosted radical Islamists, including Imam Abu Ahmad, who instructed persons convicted of terrorism in Denmark, and Imam Abu Ubaydillah, a member of the Salafist group Call to Islam and a vocal supporter of al Qaeda. Authorities have developed an exit program for returning jihadists; 22 of 27 known jihadists from Aarhus came from the mosque. The Supreme Court upheld a 2013 ruling that prohibits a TV station linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party from broadcasting in Denmark.
Said Mansour a.k.a. Sam Mansour, a Copenhagen bookseller with ties to extremist cleric Abu Qatada, was accused of inciting terrorism; the new charges are similar to those for which he was previously convicted. Police described him as the ideologue for a European terror network linked to "a wide range of Islamic terrorists." He is being held in custody for four weeks. Mansour, who is also wanted by Jordan, may have dual Moroccan nationality.
Justice Minister Hækkerup said that since Denmark cannot prosecute Danes for having traveled to fight in Syria, Denmark plans to work with other European Union countries to prevent would-be jihadists from leaving their home countries. Danish intelligence reported that since 2012, at least 90 people have left Denmark to fight in Syria and 11 have died there. Abu Khattab, a well-known Danish Salafist, was reportedly killed in Syria in late 2013. Authorities have warned Danish Muslims they could be prosecuted upon their return to Denmark if they fought in Syria, but none have been prosecuted.
Denmark has offered to contribute up to 75 military personnel and a C-130J cargo aircraft to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. Isaac Meyer a.k.a. Abdul Basit Abu-Lifa, a convicted terrorist, was found guilty of assaulting Yayha Hassan, a poet who has criticized Islamist culture in Denmark.
Police filed charges against one of two people accused of posting online threats against poet Yahya Hassan, who has criticized Islamist culture in Denmark. Six of 27 reported threats were investigated; charges against the other suspect were dropped.
The PET intelligence agency estimated that about 80 Danes have gone to Syria to fight since 2012; it said at least seven have been killed in Syria and some 40 have returned. The agency warned that most of the recruits come from "Islamist" environments, and that an increasing number of them have ties to criminal gangs. Police recommended that an event featuring a poet who has criticized Islamist culture in Denmark be canceled due to fears they would not be able to maintain public order.
Isaac Meyer, a.k.a. Abdul Basit Abu-Lifa, was charged with terrorism for assaulting Yahya Hassan, a Danish poet of Palestinian origins who has criticized Islamist culture in Denmark. Meyer, who was previously convicted of terrorism, punched Hassan at Copenhagen's central train station, calling him an infidel who should die. Hassan is currently under the protection of Denmark's PET intelligence agency, after receiving death threats.
The Foreign Ministry said it is investigating reports that two Danish men were killed while fighting in Syria. One carried a student identification card for 17-year-old Fatih Jahangir Khan of Vejle; the other carried a Danish passport but his name was not given. The pair reportedly died in clashes between Syrian rebels and regime forces in Aleppo over the weekend.
Police arrested but later released 15 people in Aarhus suspected of throwing rocks and flares at former imam Ahmed Akkari, who was on a speaking tour of troubled neighborhoods with a candidate for parliament. Police also seized 209 flares intended that were to be set off during the event. Akkari, who was protected by 40 policemen, said he would not back down despite harassment. Rocks were also thrown at the two men during a previous event in Odense. Akkari has been criticized by some in the Muslim community for distancing himself from the Prophet Mohammed cartoon controversy.
The Supreme Court rejected a Kurdish TV station's attempt to appeal its terrorism conviction. The domestic intelligence agency PET is training shop managers in Copenhagen and Aarhus how to identify potential terrorists.