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Denmark named in new Isis propaganda video

A second video featuring British hostage John Cantlie has been released by the jihadist group and this one mentions Denmark's military involvement in Iraq.

Denmark named in new Isis propaganda video
A screenshot from the video, in which John Cantlie appears to be reading from a script.
The terrorist organisation Islamic State, or Isis, has released a new propaganda video featuring captured British journalist John Cantlie in which Denmark is specifically named. 
 
In the video, which The Local will not post here, Cantlie appears to be reading off of a script as he criticises the West’s approach to dealing with Isis. 
 
“Western governments are hastily marching towards all out war in Iraq and Syria without paying any heed to the lessons of the recent past,” Cantlie says. 
 
While much of Cantlie’s remarks focus on the “perplexed” policies of the United States, which on early Tuesday launched air strikes against Isis in Syria, the video is the first from Isis to mention Denmark. 
 
“Everyone now is getting involved. Denmark and France have sent air power. Britain is arming the Kurds. Iran is sending troops. Contractors are being sought in Iraq. Even [Syrian president] Bashar al-Assad, until earlier this year the most hated and villianised tyrant in the Arab world, is being approached for permission to enter Syria,” Cantlie reads. 
 
 
The Danish parliament in August overwhelming approved a military contribution to the fight against Isis in northern Iraq. Denmark committed a Hercules C-130J military aircraft carrier to deliver weapons, ammunition and other military goods to the Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting against Isis. 
 
Additionally, Denmark committed to joining the US and eight other Nato countries in a ‘core coalition’ against the jihadist militants. 
 
Isis’s video is the second propaganda piece released by the group to feature Cantlie and it concludes with the prisoner saying “join me again for the next programme”. 

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POLICE

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links

Six men suspected of being members of the so-called Islamic State (Isis) group or funding it were arrested in an anti-terror raid in Denmark on Tuesday, police said.

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The suspects, whose identities were not disclosed, are aged between 27 and 35, police in East Jutland said.

Two of the suspects were arrested in the Danish capital Copenhagen and the four others in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-biggest city.

“Two of the people arrested, a man aged 29 from the region of Aarhus and a 30-year-old man living in Copenhagen, are suspected of penal code violations… for having travelled to Syria in 2014, where they were recruited by the terrorist organisation Islamic State,” police said in a statement.

The 29-year-old is also suspected of having tried to return to Syria in early 2015 to rejoin Isis.

Under his instruction, the four other suspects are accused of having acted as “intermediaries” and having sent money to the organisation.

According to Danish intelligence service PET, at least 160 people have travelled from Denmark to fight in Syria or Iraq. About a third of them have been killed in action, 32 are still there and around half of them have either returned to Denmark or another country.

Jihadism is considered the biggest threat to Denmark’s national security, according to PET.

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