Saturday, June 17, 2017

Radical Islam Fuels Extremist Views in Sweden; IS Propaganda Is Major Factor for New Upsurge

The Swedish security service SAPO says the number of people in Sweden with extremist views has grown to several thousands, mainly among people with sympathies for radical Islam, the Fox News website reports today (June 17, 2017).

SAPO's head, Anders Thornberg, says, "We have never seen anything like it" and propaganda from the Islamic State [IS] group was a key factor.

He also says the figure was in the hundreds a few years ago, and it was "a historic challenge with extremist environments growing."

Thornberg told Sweden's news agency TT Friday that SAPO gets about 6,000 pieces of intelligence every month, up from 2,000 five years ago. He didn't go into specifics.

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