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Deutsche Taliban „zerschlagen“

von Florian Flade

Die „Deutschen Taliban Mudschaheddin“ war die erste deutsche Dschihad-Gruppierung im afghanisch-pakistanischen Grenzgebiet. Sie drohte Deutschland mit Terroranschlägen und lockte mehrere Berliner Islamisten nach Waziristan. Jetzt macht es der Verfassungsschutz offiziell: die deutschen Taliban sind „zerschlagen“. Ein Rückblick.



Return of The German Taliban?

by Florian Flade

Fatih T. & Yusuf O. – German Taliban from Berlin

Almost one year ago Germany´s most prominent Jihadi militant Eric Breininger was killed in the Pakistani tribal areas. In April 2010 the White Convert from Neunkirchen and three other Jihadis died in a gun-battle with Pakistani troops at a checkpoint near Mir Ali. Apart from Breininger alias „Abdul Ghafar the German“ two other terrorists and former residents of Germany died that day. One was a Berlin convert of Dutch origin named Danny R. („Abu Abdullah the German“), the other was German-born Turkish national Ahmet M. („Selahuddin Turki“).

Ahmet M. who was extradited from Germany to Turkey in 2000 because of his long crime record, was possibly the most important figure of the „Islamic Jihad Union“ (IJU) or later named „Taifatul Mansourah“ network in Waziristan. M. was the propaganda chief of the organization and believed to be the head of „Elif Medya“, the media outlet of IJU. During terror trials in Germany information it was revealed M. was not only responsible for publishing German-language propaganda videos and statements but he was the Amir (leader) of the IJU-offshoot „Deutsche Taliban Mujaheddin“ (DTM).

M. is dead now, buried somewhere in Waziristan. Yet his group, the DTM still exists. German intelligence officials told me some weeks ago they do not agree with the analysis of a broken and dying IJU. „We don´t see that. DTM and the others still exist“, I was told.
Recently the group announced on the Internet a return of the media production „Elif Medya“ possibly with new German-language videos. In the same statement a new Amir of the DTM is introduced – „Abdul Fettah the German“.

The new DTM leader is a German citizen of Turkish origin from Berlin. Fatih T. left Germany in May 2009 and soon after appeared in a DTM propaganda tape for the first time sitting next to Eric Breininger and then IJU-leader Amir Ebu Zer. In April 2010 in a new video „Abdul Fettah“ called for German Muslims to come to Pakistan and fight Jihad. Filmed standing next to a helicopter wreckage in eastern Afghanistan, Fatih T. said „the bodies of the kuffar smell terrible“.

Fatih T. graduated from school in Spring 2004, was a registered University student and received state-funded student loans even after he left Germany and moved to Waziristan. German police said in Pakistan T. had difficulties access his bank account.

Another German member of DTM was identified after he threatened Germany with terror attacks in a video in September 2009. „Ayyub the German“, a fellow Berlin resident named Yusuf O. is suspected of having traveled to Pakistan with Fatih T..

Question remains how many Germans are still actively fighting under the banner of DTM or IJU. Around 18-20 Islamists from Berlin might have entered the training camps of DTM, among them couples and a 16 year-old convert girl.
Hayrettin Burhan S. is one of those Jihadi tourists. The 23 year-old German-Turkish from Berlin Kreuzberg has an international arrest warrant placed on his head. Last year the U.S. military in Germany distributed an internal paper highlighting the danger posed by the Berlin Jihadi. Wiretapped Internet conversation of Hayrettin S. and Islamists living in Germany indicated he was ready and willing to commit a terrorist attack inside Germany. S. remains at large.

A Berlin Jihadi couple was arrested at a Turkish airport last September when the two tried to return to Germany. Thomas U. and his pregnant wife immigrated to Waziristan in September 2009. Why the two decided to turn their backs to Jihad in Pakistan and return to Europe is unclear. From Internet messages, e-mails and phone calls intercepted by counter-terrorism officials is it likely the situation in Waziristan is becoming more and more unbearable for the Berlin militants.

DTM as well as IJU lack funding. The groups send out pleas for food and meat during Ramadan. Neither al-Qaida nor „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ have ever urged supporters in the West to donate groceries or money to buy cattle. The situation of the „Deutsche Taliban Mujaheddin“ therefore seems to be rather desperate. A revival of the media campaign could proof otherwise – but till today no new video or even a statement has been released.


Video Shows Burial of German Jihadis

by Florian Flade

Ahmet M.- Islamic Jihad Union´s  Late Propaganda Chief

Almost six months after they were killed by Pakistani soldiers, an Islamic militant group in the Pakistan tribal areas released a memorial video showing the burial of the three German Jihadis Eric Breininger, Danny R. and Ahmet M. The video was announced months ago but was only released some days ago.

The three Islamists from Germany died when Pakistani troops opened fire on their car near Mir Ali on April 30th. Shortly after, the soldiers handed over the bodies of the killed Germans to the militant group in who´s ranks they fought.

Eric Breininger („Abdulgaffar al-Almani“), a 22 year-old convert from Neunkirchen, had traveled to Pakistan in late 2007, joining the Uzbek terror group „Islamic Jihad Union“ (IJU). He appeared in several propaganda videos released by this group, calling German Muslims to Jihad.

Danny R., known as „Abu Abdullah al-Almani“, was also a White convert, a Dutch citizen who lived in Berlin before joining the IJU in Pakistan in September 2009. R. was featured in a previous video released by the break-off group „German Taliban Mujahideen“, but with a hidden face.

In the newly released martyrdom video, 21 year-old Danny R. is seen firing rockets in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, telling how Sharia will be implemented there.

For the first time ever without face-covering, German-Turk Ahmet M., is shown in the burial video, sitting down with a Kalashnikov rifle in his hands, telling Muslims in Germany to join the Jihad.

M., who´s warrior name was „Selahuddin Turki“, was born in German town of Salzgitter and deported to Turkey several years ago. He was regarded as the major player in the IJU´s propaganda work, being responsible for German propaganda tapes.

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High Quality Pictures of dead Ahmet M. and Eric Breininger

Since Ahmet M.´s death in the shootout in April, IJU propaganda quality and volume decreased. Less videos are released and the quality of the tapes is usually very bad. It seems that with the death of Ahmet M., the propaganda wing of the militant group is broken. The release of the blurry martyrdom video, which shows the bodies of Danny R., Eric Breininger and Ahmet M., five days ago, is a clear proof IJU lacks propaganda (software, video and photo) experts.

See excerpt of the video in this post from Wednesday, 20th of October on WELT Online here