More and more foreign Islamic State fighters are returning to European countries that want nothing to do with them.
Swedish daily Expressen interviewed some of the 150 terrorists who have moved back to SwedenÂ after fighting for ISIS. Many of them have changed their legal names to be able to rejoin society, but fewÂ are able to get jobs.
â€œI just want to forget everything,â€ a 27-year-old man formerly known asÂ Walad Yousef told Expressen. â€œI apply for a lot of jobs, but I canâ€™t get any because my pictures are out there.â€
Another man refused to do an interview, saying he has â€œenough problemsâ€ since returning. OthersÂ said the purpose of their trip to Syria was to help civilians, despite leaked records obtained by Expressen indicating they joined the terror group.
â€œThatâ€™s very strange. Anyone can say theyâ€™re me,â€ a man listed as a soldier in leaked ISIS documents said. â€œI mean, itâ€™s war. Maybe someone recommended me, I donâ€™t know.â€
The ones who pose the biggest threat to Europeans are unlikely to make it back, according to the defectors.
â€œIf youâ€™ve decided you want to fight, you wonâ€™t go back,â€ a 34-year-old man told the newspaper.
European countries often fail to detect returnees and put them on trial.Â Freedom of movement within the European Union makes it difficult to track when alleged ISIS fighters return home. Supporting a terror group is not considered a crime in many countries as long as the person is not directly involved in criminal activities.
Even in cases when terrorists confess murders they have good chances of getting away with the crimes since itâ€™s hard to prove they actually took place. (RELATED: ISIS Fighters Returning To Europe Get Away With Murder, Even When They Confess)
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