‘German Taliban Mujahideen’ leader thought killed in US airstrike

The leader of a terrorist group known as the German Taliban Mujahideen is rumored to have been killed in a US airstrike in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

Gazavat Media, a jihadist propaganda website that caters to Turkish jihadists belonging to the Taifatul Mansura, or the Victorious Sect, posted that Abdul Fettah al Almani, the head of the so-called German Taliban Mujahideen, was killed in a US airstrike. The statement, which was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, did not give the exact date or location of the strike, and was clear the report is unconfirmed.

“Gazavat Media received unconfirmed news that Abdul Fettah al Almani, the leader of the group known as the German Taliban Mujahideen, was martyred. According to the source, the factor that caused the martyrdom of Abdul Fettah Almani was a missile fired from either a helicopter or a drone.”

“This is the second leader that the German Mujahideen has lost,” the source told Gazavat Media.

Abdul Fettah Almani, a German citizen, was named the head of the German Taliban Mujahideen in December 2010, according to SITE.

The German Taliban Mujahideen and the Victorious Sect are thought to be closely linked. The German Taliban Mujahideen are based in the Waziristan region. In 2009, the group released a video that showed foreign fighters conducting weapons training in the snow in the Waziristan region. The video shows Abu Ibrahim Amriki, an American terrorist operating in Pakistan, and a spokesman named Ayyub Almani. Also shown is a German “village” in the area.

The Victorious Sect is a transnational Turkish jihadist group that operates along the Afghan-Pakistani border and is based in North Waziristan. Its fighters operate in Eastern Afghanistan alongside the Taliban and its powerful subgroup, the Haqqani Network.

The Victorious Sect was established in 2009 by the Islamic Jihad Union, a splinter faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, to accommodate the increasing influx of European foreign fighters in the region, according to DPA. Scores of German and other European fighters belong to the Victorious Sect.

The Victorious Sect has issued multiple statements from Pakistan’s tribal areas. In June 2010, Abu Yasir al Turki, the spokesman for the the group announced the deaths of two al Qaeda fighters and a Turkish fighter in a US Predator strike in North Waziristan. The Victorious Sect also announced the death of Eric Breininger, a German member of the Islamic Jihad Union who was killed while fighting Pakistani security forces during a clash near Mir Ali in North Waziristan on April 30, 2010. In 2009, Abdul Fettah Almani was seen in a video seated next to Breininger.

In August 2011, the Victorious Sect issued a statement that Mounir Chouka, a German citizen known as Abu Adam, may have been wounded in a US Predator airstrike. The report was not confirmed. Chouka and his brother, Yassin, fight with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in Pakistan. Mounir is also a senior member of Jundallah Media, the IMU’s media production arm.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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