No Known Icelanders In ISIS - The Reykjavik Grapevine

No Known Icelanders In ISIS

Published September 29, 2014

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The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police confirms there is no evidence that any Icelanders have joined forces with the theocratic extremist group ISIS.

Vísir reports that they sent a formal inquiry to the police on the matter, and were informed that – to the best of anybody’s knowledge – no Icelandic citizens have joined forces with ISIS.

As far-fetched as the possibility may sound, European Union anti-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove told the BBC that over 3,000 EU citizens have already joined ISIS. Closer to home, Vísir adds that at the beginning of the summer, Danish secret services revealed that about 100 Danes were a part of ISIS forces.

ISIS – also known as ISIL and Daesh – have extended sporadic control over eastern Syria and northern Iraq. While military forces from the US and Europe have been engaging in air strikes to combat them, for now ISIS appear to be scattered but unbroken.

Iceland, which has no military, will not be contributing to the fight against ISIS beyond the revenue the country already gives to NATO.

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