A woman describes her experiences of growing up in Helsinki and moving to the area called as the caliphate by Isis in a recent edition of Dabiq, a propaganda magazine published online by the terrorist organisation, both Helsingin Sanomat and STT have reported.
“I come from Finland, a ‘Christian’ nation where people do not strongly adhere to their corrupted religion,” she writes under the nom de guerre of Umm Khalid al-Finlandyyah.
The woman describes in the article how she began to question the teachings of Christianity, converted to Islam, gradually radicalised and, eventually, moved to the area governed by Isis after being shocked by the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of her husband on terrorism charges.
Dabiq is published in a variety of languages and used by the terrorist organisation as a tool to radicalise and recruit foreigners, according to the Washington Post. The magazine also portrays Isis as the only true voice of Muslims, writes Helsingin Sanomat. STT, meanwhile, reminds that it is virtually impossible to verify the gender or nationality of those contributing to the magazine, let alone the veracity of their accounts.
The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) admits in its latest yearbook that its workload has grown due to the number of people who have left Finland to travel the conflict-ridden areas in Iraq and Syria.
At least 70 adults and dozens of children had travelled to the area by the end of , according to Supo.
Supo also estimates that the ongoing conflict will have a long-term impact on security in Finland: “A new generation of jihadists, among them also Finnish nationals, is growing up [in] the areas controlled by terrorist organisations in Syria and Iraq. Due to terrorist fighters originating from Finland, also foreign radical Islamists know Finland better than before.”
Aleksi Teivainen – HT