German prosecutors announced last week that four alleged ISIS members were arrested and charged with planning attacks against U.S. military facilities. The four are from Tajikistan, a Central Asian country ISIS has long targeted for its recruiting efforts.
The Afghan military said it captured a German citizen who was fighting in Helmand province and belonged to the Taliban’s Red Unit, which serves as an elite unit that spearheads attacks on Afghan forces.
The US is seeking the extradition of Christian Ganczarski from France, where he has been imprisoned since 2003. A French court convicted Ganczarski on terror-related charges for his role in the Apr. 11, 2002 suicide bombing at a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia. The bomber called Ganczarski beforehand to receive his “blessing.” A newly-released indictment focuses on Ganczarski’s other ties to al Qaeda, including a plot targeting American interests in Australia.
The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a video of Anis Amri swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Amri is suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19. Twelve people were killed and dozens more injured in the attack. Amaq has released several videos similar to Amri’s this year.
The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a short statement claiming responsibility for the assault on a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany yesterday. Twelve people were killed and dozens more injured when a lorry was rammed into the market. Two attacks in Germany earlier this year were “remote-controlled” by the group’s digital operatives.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack on a train in the German city of Würzburg. Several people were wounded in the assault. Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of the so-called “caliphate”, released a video allegedly showing the attacker, a teenager identified as “Muhammad Riyad.” In the video, Riyad calls on all Muslims to swear allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
As Terrorism Suspects Are Detained in Europe, Scope of Challenge Is Highlighted
Stockpiles of firearms found in European anti-terror raids
Authorities warned of possible jihadist attacks on rail facilities in Berlin and Dresden. Over 200 police officers conducted raids on 12 radical Salafist properties in Berlin, including a mosque, last night, arresting two people suspected of recruiting and fundraising for the Islamic State. One of the the suspects, Ismet D., 41 and of Turkish origin, […]
Germany closer to confiscating Islamist IDs
After attacks, arm-in-arm world leaders join mass Paris march
Arsonists targeted the offices of a newspaper in Hamburg that had reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed after the terrorist attack on a satirical magazine in Paris; two suspects were arrested. Justice Minister Maas urged organizers of an anti-Islamization rally scheduled for Jan. 12 to cancel the event; a large government-sponsored rally in Dresden yesterday […]
Exclusive: Paris attack suspect met prominent al Qaeda preacher in Yemen – intelligence source
Charlie Hebdo suspect ‘mentored’ by Abu Hamza disciple
Federal prosecutors charged a 36-year-old German man and a 27-year-old Turkish citizen with belonging to Junud al Sham, a foreign terror group in Syria. The two had traveled to Syria in 2013, trained with the group, and fought there. Justice Minister Heiko Maas called the terrorist attack against a magazine in Paris “an attack against […]
Terror Expert Louise Shelley: ‘Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation’
Islamic State Militant Seeks Chechen Wife For 15-Year-Old Child Fighter
The Parliament authorized the deployment of up to 850 German soldiers in 2015 to Afghanistan to participate in NATO’s “Resolute Support” training mission. The government is also planning to send some 100 Bundeswehr soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
Investigations into jihadi returners pushing German courts to their limits
Germany Reportedly Concerned About Radicalization Of Chechen Diaspora
In Germany’s first-ever trial of an Islamic State fighter, Kreshnik Berisha was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. Authorities estimate that of some 550 Germans who have joined the Islamic State in the Middle East, 60 have been killed and 180 have returned to Germany; about 300 people are currently under investigation. […]
The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to ‘Holy War’
‘Make thicker walls’: Terrorism fears high as drones survey French nuclear reactors
Nations Ponder How to Handle European Fighters Returning From Jihad
Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Until July
The Interior Ministry now estimates that 550 people have left Germany to fight for extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, up from an estimate of 450 a few days ago. Authorities are also monitoring 230 other people who are considered possible threats in Germany.
Europe, facing multiple threats, still isn’t spending on defense
The Defense Ministry said Germany will keep 850 troops in Afghanistan next year, slightly more than anticipated, and noted that German forces will continue responsibility for the Coalition mission in northern Afghanistan. Development Minister Müller pledged to continue Germany’s development support to Afghanistan so long as the Afghan government carries out needed reforms. Cem Özdemir, […]
Bonn: former capital now a hive of Salafist activity
Four men who belonged al Qaeda’s “Dusseldorf cell” and had planned to detonate two cluster bombs amid a large crowd in Germany were sentenced to jail terms ranging from four to nine years. The plans for the attack were found on the hard drive of one of Osama bin Laden’s computers. Antiterrorism police in Cologne […]