by Florian Flade
UPDATE: According to German newspaper DER SPIEGEL, the arrested Moroccan terror suspect is 30-year-old named Mohammed A. who had lived in Berlin before he left the country in 2010 after his permission of residence expired. A. and another Islamist from Berlin traveled to Pakistan via Turkey. In Turkey, Mohammed A. was arrested but later released. US military officials, DER SPIEGEL writes, claim that A. was planning a suicide bombing on a government compound in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan. He is now being held at Bagram Airbase Prison.
On May 8 US troops started a nighttime military operation in the village of Ghazi Kali in the Qalat district of Zabul Province in southern Afghanistan. Their target was a local Taliban facilitator. The operation resulted in the killing of ten suspected insurgents and the capture of several individuals believed to be al-Qaida associated Jihadi militants. Most of those killed and captures were Non-Afghans, among them Saudi, Turkish, Pakistani and French nationals.
One of those arrested during the raid is a Moroccan man who is now in US military custody. ISAF said in a statement the person is an al-Qaida recruit who was based in Germany before coming to Afghanistan. He is described as a “foreign fighter facilitator”.
According to ISAF the interrogation of the Moroccan resulted in valuable intelligence about al-Qaida´s activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “After his capture the facilitator provided details about his personal travel from Germany (…) He also observed foreigners from many countries converging in Pakistan to conduct attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan”, the ISAF statement reads.
“Additional information provided by the facilitator on the mechanics of getting foreign fighters to Afghanistan will serve to support targeting the network of facilitators who bring global terrorism to bear on coalition forces and civilians in Afghanistan”
Like foreign Jihadi militants the unnamed Moroccan traveled from Europe to Iran and then to Pakistan were he was trained in a terrorist training camp. “During a delay in his travels in Iran, the facilitator stated he was approached to become a suicide bomber,” ISAF claims, “However, he declined because of his goal to take part in the Global Jihad.”
German officials would not comment on the arrest of the suspected German-based Jihadi. The German Foreign Ministry told me they are aware of this report but cannot provide any further information or even confirm that US Military officials have contacted their German counterparts in that case.
Some information has surfaced though about the person. Allegedly he is not a German citizen but he lived in German for some years. The man´s permit of residence expired a while ago. Allegedly he left Germany a while ago and traveled to Pakistani Waziristan where he joined al-Qaida.
Another case of a suspected German Jihadi terrorist surfaced last weekend. Pakistani security forces arrested the German citizen Michael W. in April who is accused of being a member of a terrorist organization. W. was a resident of Bonn before he traveled to Pakistani terror camps last year. The convert was allegedly a friend of German al-Qaida spokesman Bekkay Harrach (who was killed in 2010 during an attack on Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan). Both had attended so-called “Islam Seminaries” in Germany, some of which Harrach had organized.
A spokesman for Germany´s Foreign Ministry confirmed in a phone call that a German national is in Pakistani custody and is being looked after by German Embassy staff in Islamabad. One of the German officials working at the Embassy has already visited W. who is expected to be extradited to Germany soon. No arrest warrant had been issued against Michael W. before he was arrested by Pakistani authorities.
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by Florian Flade
In a raid in Western Germay police arrested an alleged member of the “Islamic Movement Uzbekistan” (IMU) who fought in Waziristan 2009-2010 and a alleged supporter of the terror group who sent thousands of EUROs to the Jihadi miltiants.
IMU Recruits – German Jihadi militants in Waziristan
Ömer C. was lying in his bed in Essen´s hospital, when police officers went into the room to arrest the 24 year-old German citizen yesterday. C., a resident of the West-German city of Gelsenkirchen, was taken into custody because of a worrying trip he had made in September 2009. He had traveled from Germany to Pakistan´s tribal region of Waziristan and joined the “Islamic Movement Uzbekistan” (IMU), a militant group which has several German recruits in its ranks.
German investigators believe Ömer C. underwent training in one of IMU´s camps and was also engaged in combat with Pakistani troops along the Afghan-Pakistan border. A trained Jihadi militant he returned to Germany in September 2010. Immediately German authorities were keeping a close eye on the Islamist. C. was registered as one of Germany´s “Gefährder”, a potential terrorist threat to German security. The suspicion of his activities in Pakistan could not be verified, so C., now accused of being a member of IMU, was not arrested upon his return and could freely roam the streets of Gelsenkirchen.
Yesterday around 100 German policemen raided several apartments in Essen, Cologne and other cities in the federal states of Northrhine-Westphalia, and Hessen, confiscating computers, CDs and documents. While leaving his Cologne flat, Turgay C., a 28 year-old German citizen of Turkish descent, was arrested. Prosecution accuses Turgay C. of supporting IMU and sending 39,000 EUROs total split in two money transactions to the Waziristan-based Jihadis. Four other suspected terror suspects were not arrested though police said they were investigating their cases.
Police said in a press release, IMU was largely depending on foreign donators, most of them from Europe, sending money to Pakistan. Last year German authorities ordered raids on different locations in Hanover and other cities, also investigating a network of IMU supporters. Im May 2010, Rami M., a German-Syrien from Frankfurt, was arrested in Pakistan. He had attended terrorist training in an IMU camp together with Iranian Shahab D. from Hamburg, who died in a October 2010 US drone strike in Waziristan, and Hamburg resident Ahmed Wali S. who was arrested by US forces in the Afghan capital Kabul in July 2010.
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by Florian Flade
German police arrested five men on suspicision of terror recruiting in Frankfurt. Among the suspects – prominent Internet cleric Abdel Latif.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, 50 German policemen raided six locations in Frankfurt am Main, arresting five suspected Jihadi recruiters, among them a prominent Moroccan cleric. The suspects, police says, are accused of recruiting young men for terrorist training abroad. Their nationalities range from German, Moroccan, Eritrean, Afghan to Turkish.
Abdel Latif, a 39 year-old Moroccan preacher from the Frankfurt region, is said to have spread “Salafi ideology” in mosques in Frankfurt-Ginnheim and Frankfurt-Griesheim to call Muslim men for Jihad and send them to Pakistani and Afghan training camps. He is a prominent figure in the “DawaFFM” missionary network based in Frankfurt. Abdel Latif not only preaches inside the Frankfurt mosques but also organizes and attends “Islam Seminaries”, popular Salafi weekend events where several preachers are giving lectures to groups of young men and women.
According to several sources, the police raids came as a result of the investigation into the case of Haddid N., a Frankfurt resident of Afghan descent, who was arrested by US forces while on a visit to his father in Kabul. He was imprisoned in Bagram US Military prison and held for days before his release end of January.
German police had allegedly questioned Haddid´s sister after he had traveled to Dubai and did not return to Germany but instead took a flight to Afghanistan. Suspicion was high, Haddid N. had gone to Afghanistan to attend Jihadi training camps. German authorities had the 23year-old University student on their watch-list up to Mid-July 2010 and then dropped the case because there was no evidence N. did plan to leave Germany for terrorist means.
Yesterday´s police raid might be the result of Haddid N.´s questioning. He is said to have attended lectures by Abdel Latif and might even have been radicalized in the raided Frankfurt mosques. Frankfurt newspaper FAZ is reporting Haddid N. was on his way to a terror camp when he was arrested. Abdel Latif and other people in the Frankfurt Islamist community are suspected of having sent him.
Four suspects – age 22-29 – have been released by the police although theinvestigation is still going on. Preacher Abdel Latif remains in police custody.
UPDATE: The German Salafi group “DAWAFFM” (Dawah in Frankfurt am Main) has released a video statement, explaining that Sheikh Abdel Latif was only questioned by the police after his private apartment was raided. He was then released later and lost his job due to the German action on Tuesday morning. No other member of the group is in police custody right now. The accusations against Abdel Latif were an “attack on Islam”, the group claims.
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