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When the Syria warriors return home

The Returned. They Left to Wage Jihad, Now They Are Back
Forfatter: David Thomson
Forlag: Polity Press (England/USA)
Hundreds of European youth have traveled to join the war in Syria – some have since returned. In the book The Returned, the French journalist David Thomsons claims that many of them bring jihad back home and try to explain how and why. 


Real fucking fun it has to be. European citizens posting photos of themselves on Facebook with a Kalashnikov slung over their shoulder, a pair of Ray-Ban in the forehead and a large waffle ice cream in hand under black flag in war-torn Syria – this is one of the phenomena French journalist David Thomson explores in The Returned.

The book portrays young people with very different backgrounds who have one very special thing in common: In the years after the popular uprising in Syria in record time developed into a brutal and chaotic war, they left their homes in European cities and joined armed groups in a country most of them had no concrete relationship with. Thomson indirectly portrays it as if everyone who traveled to Syria to take part in the war had jihad in mind, without, however, following this claim to the door. It was and is not all armed opposition groups in the country that profess. . .

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Nina Trige Andersen
Trige Andersen is a freelance journalist and historian.

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