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The head of domestic intelligence said the number of Salafists in Germany has risen alarmingly over the past three years, from 3,800 to at least 6,300. German authorities say that over 450 people have left Germany to fight for extremist groups Iraq and Syria and some 150 are known to have returned, but acknowledge that other German jihadists have not been tracked.
Authorities are seeking to send Erhan A., 22, a Turkish Salafist from Kempten, back to Turkey after arresting him recently. Erhan has fought in Iraq or Syria, and has links to Islamic State fighters as well as an Islamic State recruiting network in Germany.
German authorities arrested two suspected Shabaab operatives, 30-year-old German-Tunisian dual citizen Mounir T. and 22-year-old German citizen Abdiwahid W., on their arrival in Frankfurt yesterday after being deported from Kenya. On Aug. 29, Kenyan antiterrorism police had arrested German nationals Warsame Abdul Wahid and Tebourbe Mounir in Nairobi after they arrived from Somalia; they were suspected of links to Shabaab.
A recent report by the Interior Ministry notes that 40 women are among the 348 people known to have left Germany to fight for Islamist groups. The report also states that of the 120 German jihadists who have returned from Syria, only about 24 have agreed to cooperate with authorities. German authorities are currently conducting some 140 investigations against Islamic State fighters or supporters, and federal prosecutors have initiated 33 cases involving more than 60 jihadist suspects.
The trial of Kreshnik Berisha, an ethnic Kosovan from Frankfurt who is the first German accused of membership in the Islamic State, has begun. He had traveled to Syria in the summer of 2013 and was arrested in Frankfurt in December on his return. German authorities announced on Sept. 12 that they will start prosecuting anyone who tries to recruit for the IS or disseminate its propaganda. Sharia courts are said to be operating in a number of large German cities.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier said Germany would not be participating in airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, and also said his country had not been asked to do so. The Interior Ministry reportedly has "imminent" plans to ban the Islamic State, which has attacked Yazidis in Herford and an asylum home in Berlin-Marie Felde and conducted other activities in Germany also. A government study of German jihadists found that 60 percent are German-born, about 20 percent are converts to Islam, 11 percent are women, most were radicalized in Salafist mosques, and about a third have returned to Germany.