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However, the Swedish authorities continue to pretend that all is fine and happy.
-“But no one in the network… has ever been convicted. Two Swedish-Somalis were brought to justice, but acquitted because the court did not think there was proof that Shabaab were terrorists.”
Those acquittals happened in March of this year. However, according to the USA’s National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), the USA recognized Al-Shabaab as a terror group in 2008. Their summary of Al-Shabaab notes that a 2010 double suicide bombing in Uganda attributed to Al-Shabaab killed more than 70 people; this would be a dramatic expansion beyond their terror activities in Somalia—suicide bombings and assassination attacks on aid workers, journalists, activists and political figures, including an attempt to kill a visiting US Congressman.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) notes that:
- “In November 2009, the terrorist organization announced the establishment of Al Quds Brigade, a military unit specifically tasked with attacking Israel.”
Although this may be of little concern for left-leaning Palestinian sympathizers among Sweden’s ruling elites, it is hard to see how Swedish authorities managed to misconstrue the Al-Shabaab statement of February 2010 announcing their alignment with Al Qaeda.
Terror expert Magnus Ranstorp of the Defence College of Sweden points out that 15-20 immigrants have left Sweden to join the jihad in Somalia. Ranstorp notes:
- “There is a natural link to Oslo through the Somali community in Gothenburg. Operationally there is a belt from Copenhagen via Malmö, Gothenburg and Oslo…The same environment is linked to Rinkeby in Stockholm.”
In Ranstorp’s assessment “many mid-level leaders in the al-Qaeda-affiliated organization are located in Scandinavia”.
As long as the Swedish authorities tolerate the spread of hate propaganda and allow terror groups to operate bases within its borders, it’s more than fair to call Sweden a terror-exporting country.
By Chanah Shapira