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From militia leader to refugee: The backstory of the man who burned a Koran in Sweden

Soon after a Chrisitan Iraqi man named Salwan Momika burned a Koran in front of Sweden’s largest mosque on June 28, 2023, it was reported that he was a member of a Swedish ultra-nationalist party. Then videos from Momika’s past in Iraq started to surface. This footage showed him wearing the uniform of an Iraqi militia with close links to Iran – a militia that has been accused of war crimes. Momika apparently burned the Koran just a few months after his application for citizenship was denied. 

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