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Norway in danger from Syria jihadists: intelligence agency
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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a weapon as he squats on the debris of a damaged building in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, February 23, 2014. Picture taken February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a weapon as he squats on the debris of a damaged building in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, February 23, 2014. Picture taken February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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OSLO: Norway's intelligence agency said Monday that it fears an increased "terrorist threat" to its country due to dozens of Norwegian nationals fighting in the Syrian conflict.

At least 40 or 50 people with links to Norway have fought, or are currently fighting, with forces opposed to the Bashar al-Assad regime and run the risk of returning as seasoned radical fighters, the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) wrote in its annual threat assessment report.

"We conclude that the threat has already increased and will continue to increase throughout 2014," the head of NIS General Kjell Grandhagen said, adding that these "jihadists" are often in the most radical Islamic groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and Al-Nusra Front.

The NIS estimates that about 2,000 rebel fighters have travelled from Europe to fight the Syrian regime but did not reveal how the figure was calculated.

Norwegian daily Verdens Gang also reported Monday that about a dozen women have left Norway for Syria to join rebel groups.

In late 2013 the fate of two teenage girls of Somali origin hit the headlines in Norway when they left to join a jihadi group in Syria and were located weeks later by their father who brought them home.

 
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Norway's intelligence agency said Monday that it fears an increased "terrorist threat" to its country due to dozens of Norwegian nationals fighting in the Syrian conflict.

Norwegian daily Verdens Gang also reported Monday that about a dozen women have left Norway for Syria to join rebel groups.
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