Schlagwort-Archive: Masjid Taiba

Hamburg´s Jihadi Legacy – German Town Invaded by Islamists

by Florian Flade

After Hamburg´s notorious 9-11 Mosque  „Masjid Taiba“ was closed last year, radical Salafis are searching for a place to meet and worship. In a small North German community they found a new homeone of them a 18 year-old convert who threatens local Jewish Community officials. 

„Islamic Hacker“ – Convert Harry M. threatened Jewish Community Leader

In the morning hours of August 9 2010 German police raided Hamburg´s most notorious mosque „Masjid Taiba“. Hamburg´s interior ministry had ordered the closure of the building situated in the St.Georg neighborhood near the main train station. Nine years ago, on September 11th 2001 a group of regular visitors of the mosque committed the worst terrorist attack in modern history. Mohammed Atta, Ziad Jarrah and the others of the so-called „Hamburg Cell“ had worshipped, prayed and met in the rooms of then called „Al Quds Mosque“. The mosque had become the centre of radical Islam in Germany. Ultra-religious Islamists of various nationalities and ethnic backgrounds formed a Salafi community that was under the watchful eye of Hamburg´s counter-terrorism officials.

Rumors said „Masjid Taiba“ was filled with wiretapping tools and electronic devices to record all sermons and private conversation. The Jihadi mosque where worshippers praised the 9/11 hijackers and German militants fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq as „holy warriors“, had been infiltrated by Hamburg´s intelligence agency but nevertheless remained the ideological heartland for Islamic fanatics sharing the same ideas and wish about dying a martyr´s death in the Jihad against the unbelievers.

Even with police, intelligence and politicians keeping a close eye on the famous „Mosque of Mohammed Atta“, a group of young men and women from the mosque community was able to leave Germany in Spring 2009, travel to Pakistani Waziristan and join terrorist groups.
Last year Hamburg´s politicians decided to put an end to the Jihadi temple in St.Georg. But while to most observers the closure of the radical mosque seemed as a good and long-awaited measure to fight religious extremism, counter-terrorism authorities were shocked and rather disappointed by the decision to close „Masjid Taiba“.

Since 9/11 Hamburg´s fanatics could be monitored rather easily because they met and prayed in one place – the now closed mosque. Where would these Islamists re-group now? Police had dried the lake intelligence agents were fishing in for years. Who could have wished for dozens of radical Islamists freely roaming the streets of Hamburg, meeting in private apartments or secret basements that could not be monitored and wiretapped?

Nearly half a year after „Masjid Taiba“ was closed it seems Hamburg´s radical Salafis have found a new home – in peaceful provincial Pinneberg. About 18km northwest of Hamburg City, a small backyard mosque, described by German Verfassungschutz as „a problem“,  has turned into the new meeting and worshipping place for the former visitors of „Masjid Taiba“. For weeks long-bearded men, young converts and fulling-veiled women are coming to Pinneberg and meet in the „As-Sunnah Mosque“ belonging to the „Muslimische Vereinigung Pinneberg e.V“.

One of those mosque visitors is a Rap-Musician formerly known as „Deso Dogg“. The 35 year-old Denis Cuspert of Ghanian origin was born in Berlin and started a successful career as a street gansta rapper, singing about crime, drugs, women and life in the poor Berlin suburbs. In November 2010 „Deso Dogg“ announced he would leave the Music business and instead focus on his new faith – Islam. He converted after getting involvement with Germany´s biggest Salafi Dawah organization „Die Wahre Religion“, led by White convert Pierre Vogel („Abu Hamza“). Rapper „Deso Dogg“ is now preacher „Abou Maleeq“.

During a Islam seminar some weeks ago „Abou Maleeq“ sang a German rap song that caused controversy because it included the lyrics „Allah willing, we fight, die as martyrs, eye on the enemy, in the Name of Allah“. In Pinneberg´s As-Sunnah Mosque, the former Berlin rapper wanted to sing the very same song. Residents and local politicians heard of the upcoming visit and protested against it. Jihad was not welcomed in Pinneberg.

In the end „Abou Maleeq“ did not rap about martyrdom and jihad but talked about how he came to Islam. The community leaders seemed satisfied. Still, the mosque´s new visitors were seen as increasing problem. Fanaticism slowly but surely streamed into Pinneberg.

Last week a picture emerged on a German Jihadi website. „Dirty Jew“ the text read. On the picture there was a man crossed out with red paint. „Be careful so Allah is not punishing you in this life with death“, the text said, „Allah´s punishment can reach you anywhere!“ The threat is even more concerning as the identity of the man seen on the website is widely known in Pinneberg – it is Wolfgang Seibert, head of Pinneberg´s Jewish Community.

Seibert had called upon local authorities to close „As-Sunnah Mosque“ before it could turn into a new „Masjid Taiba“ on the outskirts of Hamburg. After the death threats appeared on the Internet, Seibert is scared. „I was scared for my family“, he said, „But I will not back down.“
With his demand for a mosque-closure he had upset the 18 year-old Salafi convert Harry M.. M. is the administrator of the now-closed German website „Islamic Hacker Union“. He is the one who posted the threats against Wolfgang Seibert. „Those dirty kuffar, may Allah destroy them!“, M. wrote on the Internet after Seibert called for the closing of Pinneberg´s radical mosque.

Harry M. had visited „As-Sunnah Mosque“ several times in the past. Known as „Isa al-K.“ he spread the message of radical Islam on Internet forums and social networks as well as on his own website „Islamic Hacker Union“. In a Youtube Video that was deleted a few days ago, Harry M. tells about his former life as a Non-Muslim, a teenage life full of alcohol and drugs. A report highlights M. was one of the first residents of Hamburg to complete a advance training program for IT Software experts. But that was before M. came into contact with radical preachers and the Salafi missionary movement in Germany. Since then the Hamburg teenager and IT-expert is caught in a world of Jihad and religious fanaticism.

Yesterday evening police raided M.´s apartment, searching for terrorism-related material and confiscating his computers. M.´s website „Islamic Hacker Union“ where the threats against Jewish Community leaders were posted, was closed and is now offline. The Jihadi hacker was questioned by the police but not arrested.

Meanwhile the landlord of the building housing the „As-Sunnah Mosque“ in Pinneberg said he had been fouled and tricked by the mosque management. He has terminated the contract of the mosque chairman. On June 30 2011 the Salafi community will have to re-settle elsewhere. Monitoring several dozen potential Jihadis and individuals supporting violence against Christians and Jews will now become an even more difficult task.

Hamburg Jihadi Shahab D. killed in Drone Strike

by Florian Flade

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Almost exactly one year ago Shahab D. appeared for the first time in a propaganda video released by the „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ (IMU). The 27 year-old Iranian was seen sitting in the mountains of Waziristan, holding a huge sword in his hands, praising Jihad and those who left their homeland to fight in Afghanistan.

„The only reason we left Germany and our parents is, for the victory of this religion!“, Shahab D. said in the October 2009 video titled „Advantages of Jihad“. The young Jihadi from Hamburg called himself „Abu Askar“.

Seven months prior to the release of the propaganda message, Shahab D. was living the life of a faithful Muslim in peaceful Hamburg, Northern Germany. When he was eleven years old, Shahab D. and his parents had fled Iran and arrived as asylum seekers in Germany in 1994.
The family settled in Hamburg, Shahab D. grew up as a regular German teenager of Muslim descent. He quickly learned the language and adapted to the culture of his new country.

It was shortly after 9/11, when the Iranian teenager became interested in the radical Muslim community who operated out of Hamburg´s most radical mosque – Masjid al Quds. Here, the Hamburg cell led by Mohammed Atta prayed and met. The hijackers celebrated weddings, attended sermons by an extremist Sheikh from Morocco and found many brothers sharing the same views and wish for Jihad.

Shahab D. visited the Al Quds-Mosque near the main train station, in St.Georg, a rather unpleasant suburb of Hamburg. Born an Irania Shiite, Shahab became interested and more and more drawn into the fundamentalist sect called Salafiyya. The men at the mosque welcomed the young worshipper, invited him to lectures and Ramadan celebrations.

Finally Shahab D. converted – a Shiite Iranian refugee had become a hardline Salafi. He grew his beard, changed the way he dressed, wearing long robes, imitating the Prophet Muhammad as much as possible.

One of the first people to notice how Shahab´s behavior changed and how his radical views increased by the month was his girlfriend, a 23 year-old dental student, the daughter to a West-African Muslim father and German mother. The young couple followed the ultraconservative interpretation of Quran and Sunnah, sticking to all the rules they could find in Salafi scholar texts. In the Hamburg mosque the two celebrated their wedding.

Influenced by his Muslim friends at the Al Quds Mosque – which had changed its name into „Masjid Taiba“ by then – Shahab D. was eager to migrate to a true Islamic country. He wanted to leave Germany, Europe and the West with all its sins and temptations, start a new life under Sharia law in Muslim lands.

Instead of moving to Saudi-Arabia or Yemen, Shahab D. and his wife decided to join militant fighters in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.
Several of Shahab´s friends and fellow worshippers at the Taiba Mosque shared this dream of going for Jihad, they were celebrating the 9/11 hijackers who had worshipped in this mosque, had met in this neighborhood and were close friends to other worshippers still living in Hamburg.

In Spring 2009 decision was made. Shahab D., his wife and three other people from the Masjid Taiba community (among them Afghan Ahmad Wali S. who is the America´s prime source for intel on the Euro-Plot) headed to Pakistan. On board a Qatar Airways flight the five Jihadi-recruits flew from Frankfurt Airport to Doha, Qatar, and then taking a connection flight to Peshawar, Pakistan. That was in March 2009.

Somewhere in Waziristan Shahab D. from Hamburg joined the „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ and attended military courses and learned how to shoot guns, rockets and mortars. By May 2009, he finished terror training and became part of the fighting groups, assaulting Pakistani soldiers and possibly even Nato-troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

„One of the secrets of jihad is this tremendous, intense brotherhood among the Mujahideen“, Shahab D. said in a propaganda tape about his time in Waziristan, „Brothers from various countries side by side in the battle trenches – from Russia, from Morocco, Tunisia, China, Turkey, Europe, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Iran. Allah brought them together.“

One of Shabab´s comrades, the German-Afghan Javad S., died in combat, fighting Pakistani troops in Oktober 2009. Shahab D. recalled seeing S. firing an RPG at the Pakistani soldiers and then getting killed.

Now some credible information leads to suggest Shahab D. himself was killed in the hills of Waziristan. Jihadi sources say, the Hamburg Jihadi embraced „martyrdom“ alongside another German militant and several other foreign fighters, when a missile fired from an unmanned CIA drone hit a house in North Waziristan.

At least two militants of Tajik nationality and the two Germans were killed in the attack which happened near Miranshah. The exact date and location was not known.

If the reports are true – and there is no reason to doubt they are credible – the „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ has lost one of the most valuable propaganda tools. German members of the militant group played a big role in the propaganda releases, drawing even more radicals from Germany to join them.

CNN had quoted the captured Hamburg Jihadi Ahmad Wali S., telling the US interrogators at Bagram prison, his friend Shahab D. was proposed to be a „foot soldier“ in al-Qaeda´s plot to target European cities. This information has never been confirmed.

Back home in Germany, Shahab D.´s mother told reporters a few days ago, her son was „fooled“ and „tricked“ into radical Islam by the extremists of now closed Masjid Taiba. Other sources say Shahab converted to the most radical branch of Islam to distance himself from his very strict father.

Read my article about the Two Killed German Jihadis on WELT Online.

The Hamburg Connection 2.0 – Al Qaeda´s EU Plot

by Florian Flade

Neun Jahre nachdem die Todespiloten um Mohammed Atta die 9/11-Anschläge verübten, steht Hamburg wieder im Focus der Terrorermittlungen. Ein Hamburger Dschihadist verriet al-Qaidas Pläne für Großanschläge in Europa.

Hamburger Dschihadist Shahab D. – Part of AQ´s EU-Plot?

Es ist der 04.März 2009 als drei Männer und zwei Frauen aus Hamburg am Frankfurter Flughafen in ein Flugzeug steigen, dass sie in das Golfemirat Katar bringen wird. Ein Anschlussflug führt ins pakistanische Peshawar.

Die fünf Islamisten wollen Deutschland verlassen, sie wollen im wilden Waziristan an der pakistanisch-afghanischen Grenze ein Leben im Dschihad führen, weit weg vom verhassten Westen.

Shahab D. ist einer von ihnen. Geboren 1983 im Iran, floh er mit seinen Eltern als Folge des Iran-Irak-Krieges und immigrierte 1994 in die Bundesrepublik. Seitdem lebte der Iraner in Hamburg und besuchte die Moschee Masjid Taiba, die inzwischen von den Behörden geschlossen wurde. Beeinflusst von den radikalen Glaubensbrüdern aus dem Umfeld des Hamburger Gotteshauses, konvertierte Shahab D., der gebürtiger Schiit war, zum extremistischen Sunnitentum – er wurde ein strenggläubiger Salafist, trug lange Gewänder und ließ seinen Bart wachsen.

Im Jahr 2008 heiratete D. seine Freundin, eine heute 23jährige Zahnmedizinerin, ihr Vater ist muslimischer Westafrikaner, die Mutter Deutsche. Das Pärchen hielt sich zunehmend an eine extrem strenge Koranauslegung und begann über die Ausreise in ein islamisches Land nachzudenken.

Im März 2009 war es schließlich soweit. D.´s Ehefrau log ihre Eltern an, erklärte Shahab und sie wollten eine Pilgerreise nach Saudi-Arabien unternehmen. In Wahrheit war das Ziel ein Ausbildungslager der „Islamischen Bewegung Usbekistans“ (IBU) im pakistanischen Waziristan.

Teil jener islamistischen Reisegruppe die am 04.März 2009 Deutschland verließ waren auch der Deutsch-Afghane Ahmad Wali S., dessen Ehefrau, eine Indonesierin, und sei Bruder Sulayman.
S. ist aus Sicht deutscher Sicherheitsbehörden kein Unbekannter. Er verkehrte in den Kreisen der Hamburger Masjid Taiba und hatte engen Kontakt zum mutmaßlichen Helfer der 9/11-Todespiloten, Mounir el-Motassadeq. Wie Motassadeq war S. bei einer Reinigungsfirma am Hamburger Flughafen tätig, beide machten kurz nach dem 11.September 2001 gemeinsam Urlaub in Nordafrika.

Ahmad Wali S. und seine Gesinnungsgenossen erreichten die pakistanischen Terrorlager im Frühjahr 2009. Der Iraner Shahab D. tauchte wenige Monate später erstmals in einem Propagandavideo aus Waziristan auf. Darin nannte er sich „Abu Askar“, posierte mit einem mächtigen Schwert, auf dem Koranverse eingraviert waren. „Wir haben Deutschland und unsere Familien nur verlassen, damit Allah´s Wort das höchste wird!“, tönte der Hamburger Islamist. Shahab D. lebt offenbar seinen Traum vom Dschihad.

Sein Reisebegleiter Ahmad S. kämpft nicht mehr in den Reihen der IBU. Ihn griffen US-Soldaten im Juli im afghanischen Kabul auf. Der Deutsch-Afghane wird seitdem auf dem US-Stützpunkt Bagram verhört. Er soll die Quelle jener Informationen sein, die seit etwa einer Woche weltweit für mediale Aufmerksamkeit sorgen.

Al-Qaida, so berichtete der Dschihadist aus Hamburg den Amerikanern, plane eine Anschlagswelle in Europa. Von Kommando-Aktionen ist die Rede, vergleichbar mit jenem Angriff auf Luxushotels im indischen Mumbai im November 2009. Kleine Trupps bewaffneter Islamisten sollen weiche Ziele in europäischen Großstädten überfallen und auch möglicherweise Geiseln nehmen.

Wie der SPIEGEL nun meldet, soll Ahmad S. den amerikanischen Ermittlern verraten haben, er habe im Frühsommer in der Ortschaft Mir Ali den nordafrikanischen al-Qaida Mann „Sheikh Younis al-Mauretani“ getroffen. Dieser habe ihm erzählt, Osama Bin Laden persönlich habe die Europa-Operationen genehmigt und auch das nötige Geld zur Verfügung gestellt.

Vor einigen Tagen meldeten bereits pakistanische Medien, der al-Qaida Führer Bin Laden habe die Anschlagsplanungen in Auftrag gegeben und als Wunsch-Ziele Frankreich, Deutschland, Dänemark und Großbritannien genannt. Geheimdienste verfolgten offenbar schon seit einem Jahr die Spur europäischer Dschihadisten in Waziristan, die mit den Terroranschlägen beauftragt worden sein sollen. Von acht deutschen Staatsbürgern und zwei Briten ist die Rede, wobei einer der britisch-pakistanischen Brüder in einem der jüngsten Drohnangriffe ums Leben gekommen sein soll.

Unbestätigten Berichten zufolge soll der Hamburger Terrorhäftling in Bagram zudem davon berichtet haben, dass al-Qaidas Militärchef, der Pakistaner Ilyas Kashmiri, ein Attentat während der „Commonwealth Games“ plane. Das Sportereignis findet vom 03.-14.Oktober im indischen Neu Delhi statt.

Ahmad S. erzählte im US-Verhör außerdem, dass er in Afghanistan gegen US-Truppen und afghanische Soldaten gekämpft hat. Dort habe er auch einen weiteren Hamburger Islamisten getroffen – Said Bahaji.

Bahaji gilt als einer der Unterstützer der Hamburger 9/11-Zelle. Der im niedersächsischen Haselünne geborene Sohn eines Marokkaners und einer Deutschen, hatte an der Technischen Universität Hamburg-Harburg studiert und dort den späteren Todespiloten Mohammed Atta kennengelernt. Genau wie die Hamburger Terrorzelle verkehrte auch Bahaji in der Al Quds-Moschee im Stadtviertel St.Georg.

Kurz vor den Anschlägen in New York und Washington, am 04.September 2001, floh Said Bahaji nach Pakistan. Deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden fingen E-Mails ab, die Bahaji in den vergangenen Jahren an seine Ehefrau in Deutschland schickte. Ende vergangenen Jahres fanden pakistanische Soldaten bei der Einnahme von Terrornestern in Süd-Waziristan, den Pass des Hamburger al-Qaida Helfers.

Deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden beobachten den radikalen Kern der Hamburger Islamistenszene seit Jahren. Neun Jahre nach den Anschlägen von 9/11 ist im Umfeld der Moschee der Todespiloten um Mohammed Atta, eine neue Generation militanter Islamisten herangewachsen. Der buntgemischter Haufen von Dschihad-Befürwortern verehrt jene deutschen Glaubensbrüder, denen in den letzten Jahren die Reise in die Terrorcamps Waziristans gelungen ist, und die sich regelmäßig in Propagandavideos zu Wort melden.

Neben Shahab D., Ahmad und Sulayman S. machten sich im Frühjahr 2009 nach Behördeninformationen bis zu acht weitere Islamisten aus der Hansestadt auf nach Pakistan. Die Liste liest sich wie eine islamistische Internationale. Ein französischer Staatsbürger steht darauf, er soll verheiratet sein mit der Tochter des marokkanischen Hasspredigers Sheikh Fazazi, und schleuste offenbar Terrorrekruten aus Europa in den Irak. Seyed A., ein weiterer Verdächtiger aus dem Hamburger Dschihadisten-Zirkel, ist wohnhaft in Großbritannien. Ein weiterer Deutsch-Iraner, ein Deutsch-Türke und ein staatenloser Islamist gehören ebenfalls zu jenen die aus Hamburg gen Waziristan reisten.

Zwei weiße Konvertiten, der Deutsch-Tschetschene Alexander J. (30) und der Deutsch-Kasache Michael W. (25) wurden noch bei ihrer Anreise in Pakistan festgenommen und in die Bundesrepublik abgeschoben. Sie leben wieder in Hamburg.

Die Hamburger-Reisegruppe traf sich regelmäßig in der Masjid Taiba und schmiedete Pläne in den Heiligen Krieg zu ziehen. Treibende Kraft soll dabei der ursprünglich aus Frankfurt am Main stammende Rami M. gewesen sein. Der 25jährige Deutsch-Syrer gilt als Anführer der Hamburger Islamisten und erreichte selbst im Frühjahr 2009 Pakistan.

Pakistanische Soldaten nahmen M. im Juni fest als er versuchte von Waziristan aus zur deutschen Botschaft in Islamabad zu reisen. Er hatte wohl bereits nach einem Jahr genug vom Dschihad-Urlaub und wollte sich deutschen Behörden stellen. Diese sahen in Rami M. ein Sicherheitsrisiko und ließen ihn festnehmen. Seit dem 26.August sitzt der Anführer der Hamburger Dschihad-Reisegruppe in Deutschland in Haft.