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The Wall Street Journal: Terrorism Case Highlights Risk Of Returning Fighters Funding ISIS (WSJ via Counter Extremism Project, Eye on Extremism)

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MAR. 22, 2018

“In spring 2016, an alleged Islamic State fighter named Ahmed Musto returned from Syria, settled into a business processing tobacco for hookah pipes in the Bulgarian capital and started a family, according to court documents and Bulgarian authorities. Last September, authorities raided the business and arrested Mr. Musto. Far from leaving the militant group behind, Mr. Musto sent proceeds from the business to Islamic State in Syria, according to law-enforcement officials. Mr. Musto faces charges related to terrorism as well as to the tobacco business, according to court documents and a statement from Bulgarian prosecutors. Through his lawyers, Mr. Musto denied the charges and denied having any links to Islamic State. Islamic State has lost most of the territory it once held in Syria and Iraq, and Western authorities have long worried that some of the estimated 5,000 European Union residents who fought on its side could come back and initiate terrorist attacks at home. Of the 1,700 French citizens who joined Islamic State’s ranks, 302 had returned to France by November, according to the government. Around 360 of Britain’s roughly 850 fighters are back home, according to a British official.”

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