by Florian Flade
Nobody knows – a Turkish language Jihadi website is reporting: the Emir of the „German Taliban Mujahideen“ (DTM) „Abdel Fattah al-Almani“ was killed either a US drone strike or a missile strike from a military helictoper. The information is unconfirmed.
Rumours about the death of the DTM Emir – who´s real name is Fatih T. – have been floating out there in the Jihadi community for almost two weeks. Yet, there is no clear confirmation the 27 year-old Islamist from Berlin was indeed killed in the Pakistani tribal areas.
Fatih T. was born and raised in Germany. He radicalized in a mosque in Berlin´s North, grew a beard and started praying in University where he studied engineering. Friends and former colleagues say he changed during his time at University and after he got to know new friends who were Islamists.
In Spring 2009 Fatih T. left Germany alongside his friend Yusuf O. who was arrested in June this year in Austria. Yusuf O. and Fatih T. traveled to Waziristan via Turkey and Iran and joined the Turkish militant group „Taifatul Mansourah“. Only a few months later both were founding members of the „German Taliban Mujahideen“, a group which attracted more Islamists from Berlin including several converts to Islam.
Both, Fatih T. and Yusuf O. appeared in several propaganda videos released by the DTM, calling for fellow German Muslims to join the Jihad. In one propaganda tape from Waziristan Fatih T. is seen walking through the alleged wrackage of a Pakistani military helicopter which Fatih claims was shot down by the militants.
In December 2010 the „German Taliban Mujahideen“ released a statement saying „Abdel Fattah al-Almani“ was choosen as the new Emir of the group. Since then, no real propaganda effort has been made to promote the Berlin Jihadi as the new leader. No new videos were released, no statements were given out.
German intelligence agencies on Wednesday were unable confirm the news of Fatih T.´s death. Familiy members are also unaware of any deadly drone strike that might have killed Fatih T.. Earlier this year the German terrorist sent several e-mails from Waziristan to Berlin – asking for financial support and claiming he was occupied with combat fighting.
Berlin´s Verfassungsschutz (interior intelligence agency) estimates „less than ten“ Islamists from Berlin are still roaming the Afghan-Pakistan border region.