According to sources The Guardian has talked to, top ISIS leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have fled Syria and could now be hiding in Scandinavia. And if that is the case, then liberal Sweden, where the ID checks are an absolute joke and out of control, is certainly the most obvious choice. Also, as it seems, likely the first European country to soon resemble the war zone they just left.
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The Guardian: Throughout the rise and fall of Isis, a debate has continued in intelligence circles about whether Baghdadi being dead or alive would make a difference to the group, and if the organisation still poses a threat to regional order and global security. A senior regional intelligence figure and a counterpart in Europe both say the threat level from the organisation has barely changed, and that Baghdadi’s survival could be used by his followers as a rallying call.
Officials say the branch responsible for planning attacks abroad has been left relatively unscathed by the losses of fighters and land.
“They are a complex administration filled with ex-intelligence officials,” Hashimi said. “They deal with recruiting, arming and transporting fighters and collect the financial contributions and alms. Out of 35 branches, 33 are run by two Iraqi men: Abdullah Youssef al-Khatouri, nicknamed Abu Bakr, and Abu Tiba Ghanem al-Jboori. We believe one is in Turkey and the other is in Scandinavia.”
"And now there are strong rumors in the Arab world that none other than #Albaghdadi has gone to Scandinavia, possibly #Sweden. Don't be surprised if you meet #IS leaders at an Ica (shop) near you! #Sweden," writes author Hanna Gadban on Twitter.
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