‘Extremists Recruit Openly Without Resistance’: Swedish Researcher Warns of Growth in Islamism


Magnus Ranstorp of the National Defence College has described Sweden’s failure to address the growing threat of Islamism as a “chain reaction of lateness on all various levels and different fronts”, a “disaster”, and a “betrayal of society”.

Despite Daesh’s* self-proclaimed “caliphate” having fallen, the threat of Islamism is far from over, Sweden’s leading terrorism researcher Magnus Ranstorp of the National Defence College has warned.

Furthermore, the security threat against Sweden has increased and is expected to further spike in the next few years, national broadcaster SVT reported.

According to Ranstorp, the current situation, where “extremists recruit openly without resistance”, is largely a product of the authorities’ ham-handed approach and lack of timely measures.

By Ranstorp’s own admission, he started to warn the authorities about Swedish residents leaving the country to join Islamist organisations in Syria as early as 2012, yet nothing happened. Two years later, when the so-called “caliphate” was proclaimed, the flow increased. Still, little if anything was done to stop the ongoing radicalisation and foreign trips.

Today, it has been established that 300 Swedes joined the world’s most heinous terrorist organisations, placing Sweden at the top of Europe in jihadists per capita. Since then, 150 of them have returned home. Nearly none of them has been convicted, both due to the burden of proof and the emphasis on reform and…

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