Schlagwort-Archive: Festnahme

German National Haddid N. Released From Bagram

by Florian Flade

Zainulabuddin „Haddid“ N., the 23year-old Frankfurt University student arrested by U.S. forces in Afghan capital Kabul earlier this month, has been released from Bagram military detention center.

An e-mail I got from Haddid´s sister, a Frankfurt-based lawyer, says Haddid N. was released by the U.S. military and handed over to the German embassy in Kabul today. „He is in the German embassy in Kabul and he is well“, Haddid´s sister writes, „We were able to speak to him on phone several times.“ The e-mail also includes a Thank-You statement to the University of Frankfurt, where Haddid studies engineering, and to the fellow students who rallied for his release.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said, he is grateful for the U.S. decision to release the German citizen and that German officials are now offering Haddid N. a safe and quick return to Germany. „I´m very relieved about the solution of this case“, Westerwelle said, „I say thank you to the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, for her commitment and dedication.“

Last November Haddid N. and a close friend had traveled to Dubai to visit Haddid´s brother living in the Emirate. Instead of returning to Germany Haddid was invited by his father who lives and works in Kabul, to come to Afghanistan for a visit. Haddid´s friend took a flight back to Frankfurt and was searched by German police who found Haddid N.´s ID-card. Haddid had given the document to his friend because the ID-card had expired.

German officials suspected Haddid might be on his way to a Afghan or Pakistani terror camp and left his German ID behind on purpose. On December 17th, Haddid flew from Dubai to Kabul and stayed in his father´s house in the city. In Frankfurt, police visited Haddid´s sister on January 5 and asked her if she knew where her brother was staying and what his intention in traveling to Afghanistan was. The sister told the police Haddid´s father was a Kabul businessman and he probably made the trip to visit him. She gave the Kabul adress to German police.

Only three days later, January 8, U.S. soldiers stormed the house of Haddid´s father and arrested the 23year-old Frankfurt resident on suspicion of terrorism. Haddid N. was then taken to Parwan detention center at Bagram U.S. Military Base and questioned by American interrogators.

Haddid´s sister believes her brother was arrested only after German officials sent information about the Kabul address to U.S. authorities. Now it seems the whole incident was the result of a miscalculation and misinterpretation of German counter-terrorism officials. N. is most likely the innocent victim of German law enforcement. German counter-terrorism and police had investigated Haddid N. since 2009. He was rated a possibly Jihadi terror recruit, willing to attend training camps in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

Police checked Haddid when he traveled to Dubai in September 2009 and took his passport to keep him away from leaving the country. After he went to court, Haddid N. got the passport back. According to German officials, the Frankfurt student showed all signs of possibly leaving Germany for Jihad. Haddid had cut his hair very short and allegedly even sold some of his belongings. In July 2010 all investigation ended. The only thing German counter-terrorism found out about Haddid N. was that he was a faithful Muslim – no terrorism charges could be brought forward.

Haqqani Arrest – Big Catch…and Release?

by Florian Flade

Nasiruddin Haqqani on the left, his father Jalaluddin on the right (2001)

His father is a living legend, a celebrated hero of the Afghan War against the Soviets. His mother is a noble Arab woman from the United Arab Emirates. He himself is one of the most wanted Taliban commanders in the AfPak region – Nasiruddin Haqqani.

Pakistani intelligence sources yesterday confirmed Nasiruddin Haqqani, son of powerful Taliban leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, was arrested by Pakistani agents this week when he was on his way from the city of Peshawar into the heart of Pakistan´s militant safe-haven North Waziristan. The Pakistanis stopped the car carrying five Taliban, one of them being Nasiruddin Haqqani. He and his companions had just returned from a pilgrimage and fundraising tour in Saudi-Arabia and wanted to travel to the town of Miramshah, where the alleged headquarter of the Haqqani-Network is stationed. Among those arrested was another wanted Haqqani commander, Mullah Muhammad Jan.

Nasiruddin, one of the younger sons of Jalaluddin Haqqani, was born to Jalahuddin´s Arab wife which he married during the 1980s Afghan Jihad against the Russian Red Army. It is said Nasiruddin who is known as „Dr.Khan“ in Taliban circles, speaks perfect Arabic and because of his Arab blood was chosen as the main Haqqani official in charge of establishing connections to wealthy Gulf Arab donors supporting the Taliban insurgent campaign. He traveled to the Middle East frequently and is also suspected of being a key associate of al-Qaida in the Pakistani tribal areas of North Waziristan.

The arrest of the Haqqani offspring is seen as a serious blow to the Taliban group based in Pakistan but operating in Afghanistan. It comes at a time where the U.S. administration is increasingly putting pressure on the Pakistani government to consider a military offensive into North Waziristan to wipe out the terrorism center consisting of al-Qaida, Pakistani groups, the Taliban and Uzbek organizations. Pakistan´s military repeated their statement, a invasion of North Waziristan was not on their agenda – yet.

In fall of 2009 – after a US drone strike had killed Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud – the Pakistani army went into South Waziristan, a former stronghold of several Taliban warlords, and occupied the region after driving out most of the Jihadi militants. The operation was a slow and painful experience and proofed to be rather ineffective as most of the terrorists did not stay to fight the Pakistani troops but fled into neighboring North Waziristan. Around Miramshah, Mir Ali and Datta Khel, the militant organizations have regrouped and continued plotting terror attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the West.

While al-Qaeda and other are planning deadly operations in Europe and the US, and foreign Jihadis are rushing to North Waziristan to receive military training, the US wants the Pakistanis to conduct a clear-and-hold operation to stop terror-activities from that region. Talking about the Pakistani military, General David Petraeus said at a university lecture in Paris in November: „They recognise the need for more operations in North Waziristan.“ Pakistan´s military chiefs explained that his troops unable to open a fresh front while they are still heavily committed to operations elsewhere in the country’s lawless border regions.

On December 20th, it was reported Core Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Asif Yasin ruled out a major North Waziristan offensive and claimed a counter-terrorism operation was already underway in the area. While speaking with journalists, he said that the army is targeting terrorists already.

A few days ago The New York Times reported US military officials are pushing for a military expansion of US troops into Pakistan to fight terrorists in the tribal areas. The plan, as it was reported, included sending US Special Forces into the Waziristan area to kill or capture insurgent leaders.

In the light of all that political discussion and the US pushing Pakistan to do something about the Haqqanis and al-Qaida, could it be a simple coincidence wanted Taliban commander Nasiruddin Haqqani was arrested now? Rather it seems like the Pakistani government is trying to proof to Washington they are acting in the face of the North Waziristan insurgency. Due to their strong ties, local Taliban leaders and the ISI have in the past managed to create deals that avoided military action in the tribal region. Pakistan´s intelligence agency has a clear picture about the travel movements of the Haqqanis and could have arrested Nasiruddin long before his Hajj travel this year.

His arrest is a signal to Washington, trying to calm down the US call for a North Waziristan invasion. See, there is no need for US operations inside Pakistan, we will take care of the bad guys – that´s the message given by Nasiruddin´s capture. Question remains if the Haqqani son will stay in captivity or be made available to US interrogators. He is a valuable source and was in charge of financing of the Haqqani network, the most important Taliban group fighting NATO troops in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

A similiar arrest was carried out last February, when Pakistani security forces captured Mullah Baradar in Karachi. The CIA had provided information on the wanted Afghan Taliban commander to the ISI and pushed for his arrest. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund served as the military chief of the Afghan Taliban and was reported to be „No.2“ of the movement next to Mullah Muhammad Omar.

In October the Asia Times reported Baradar had been freed from Pakistani custody as the ISI wanted him to serve as a moderator in backchannel talks with the Taliban. „A senior Taliban leader, speaking to Asia Times Online on Thursday from the southern AfPak region, also confirmed that Baradar „had reached the safely of his people“. The implication is that he is back with Taliban leader Mullah Omar“, the Asia Times wrote.

So is Nasiruddin Haqqani´s arrest just another catch-and-release as part of Pakistan´s strategy to proof to the US that they are in control of what happens in North Waziristan? Is the arrest a show of progress in the fight against local terror groups or a serious effort to hurt the Taliban´s operational abilities?

Nasiruddin´s older half-brother Sirjuddin is still roaming free in North Waziristan and he is in charge of military operations in eastern Afghanistan. If they really wanted, Pakistan´s ISI would be able to locate him and take him out of the game. Instead they went for the less-important brother. Washington will not be satisfied and the military commanders will point to the Baradar-example pushing for more serious action in Waziristan.

Deutsches Islamistenpaar in Slowenien inhaftiert

by Florian Flade

Deutsche Islamisten beim Terrortraining in Waziristan

In Slowenien wurden vor zwei Wochen ein international gesuchter deutscher Islamist und seine Begleiterin festgenommen. Der Mann aus Baden-Württemberg soll Terrorrekruten angeworben haben, seine Frau griff slowenische Polizisten mit einer Axt an.

Seit Ende Oktober befinden ein mutmaßliches deutsches Islamistenpärchen in Slowenien in Haft. Es soll sich um den 25jährigen Konvertiten David K. aus Baden-Württemberg handeln, der seit längerem mit internationalen Haftbefehl gesucht wurde.

David K. und seine weibliche Begleitung waren am Abend des 21.Oktober nahe der Ortschaft Dobrovnik an der slowenisch-ungarischen Grenze festgenommen worden. Ein slowenischer Polizeisprecher beschrieb mir den Hergang der Festnahme. Demnach war das Paar einer Polizeistreife durch ihre islamische Kleidung aufgefallen und auf ihre Personalien kontrolliert worden. Da beiden keine Identitätspapiere, sondern lediglich einen Koran bei sich führten, wurden der 25jährige Mann und die 24jährige Frau zunächst zur Polizeistation gebracht.

Durch die polizeiliche Zusammenarbeit mit deutschen Kollegen, so ein slowenischer Polizeisprecher, konnten die slowenischen Behörden ermitteln, dass es sich bei dem Paar um deutsche Staatsbürger handelt. Zum Erstaunen der slowenischen Beamten wurde David K. sogar per internationalem Haftbefehl gesucht. Ein Gericht in Murska Sobota ordnete daraufhin eine 30-tägige Untersuchungshaft für den deutschen Terrorverdächtigen und anschließende Abschiebung nach Deutschland an.

Seine Begleiterin hingegen wurde wieder auf freien Fuß gesetzt. Sie war lediglich zu einer Buße verurteilt worden, weil sie eine Axt bei sich trug und gegen das slowenische Waffenrecht verstoßen hatte. Die Polizisten zeigten ihr nach der Freilassung den kürzesten Weg ins nahegelegene Österreich.

Wie die Staatsanwaltschaft Stuttgart mir gestern bestätigte, ist der in Abschiebehaft befindliche deutsche Staatsbürger seit einiger Zeit von deutschen Behörden zur Fahndung ausgeschrieben. Der mutmaßliche Islamist steht im Verdacht gegen Paragraph 109h des Strafgesetzbuches verstoßen zu haben – „Anwerben für fremden Wehrdienst“. Gemeint ist damit in diesem Zusammenhang die Rekrutierung deutscher Staatsbürger für terroristische Netzwerke. In wenigen Tagen soll K. den deutschen Behörden überstellt werden.

Am 26.Oktober, fünf Tage nach der Festnahme von David K., kontaktierte ein slowenischer Jäger die Polizei und berichtete er habe im Wald unweit der Grenze zu Östereich eine islamisch gekleidete, verschleierte Frau entdeckt, die dort ein Lagerfeuer gemacht habe. Als gegen 13:30 Uhr zwei slowenische Polizisten in einem Waldstück nahe der Ortschaft Radenci tatsächlich auf die beschriebene Frau stießen, attackierte diese die Beamten mit einer Axt. „Ein Polizeifahrzeug wurde dabei beschädigt, die Polizisten wurden jedoch nicht verletzt“, so die slowenische Polizei. Slowenische Medien berichten, die Frau habe bei ihrem Angriff „Lang leben der Islam!“ geschrieen.

Die 24jährige Frau, bei der es sich um David K.s Begleiterin handelte, wurde in Gewahrsam genommen und befindet sich nun wie K. in einem Gefängnis in Murska Sobota. Wie die Stuttgarter Staatsanwaltschaft mitteilte, liegt gegen die Deutsche kein Haftbefehl vor, weshalb ihr Fall im Zuständigkeitsbereich slowenischer Behörden liegt.

„Wir können nicht bestätigten, wann die beiden Personen nach Slowenien kamen“, erklärte mir ein Polizeisprecher aus Murska Sobota. Da David K. von der deutschen Justiz verdächtigt wird, Terrorrekrutierung betrieben zu haben, ist denkbar, dass sich der mutmaßliche Islamist ins Ausland abgesetzt hatte um unterzutauchen.
Slowenische Zeitungen berichtet allerdings, der deutsche Terrorverdächtige habe im Polizeiverhör angegeben in Afghanistan zum Selbstmordattentäter ausgebildet worden zu sein.

Etwa zur gleichen Zeit als David K. in Slowenien gefasst wurde, begann vor dem Stuttgarter Landgericht der Prozess gegen drei Männer, die im Umfeld des 2005 geschlossenen Neu-Ulmer „Multikulturhauses“ Rekruten für terroristische Ausbildungslager angeworben haben sollen.

Rani M. (28) aus Ulm, und den Bonnern Ramez A. (47) und dessen Stiefsohn Antonio M. (25) wird vorgeworfen seit 2006 Dutzende Glaubensbrüder indoktriniert und an ägyptische Sprach- und Koranschulen vermittelt zu haben. Von dort aus sollten die Rekruten weiter nach Afghanistan oder Pakistan geschleust werden.
Das Trio war im Februar bei Razzien in Ulm, Bonn und Wiesbaden, bei denen 43 Wohnungen durchsucht wurden, festgenommen worden. Gegen vier weitere Männer liegt ebenfalls in diesem Zusammenhang ein Haftbefehl vor, sie gelten als flüchtig.