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Dein Brieffreund, der Terrorist

von Florian Flade

Die deutsche Islamisten-Szene hat ein Internet-Projekt zur Unterstützung von Gefangenen gestartet. Verurteilte Terroristen sollen so auch hinter Gittern weiterhin auf Linie gehalten werden. Deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden sehen die islamistische Gefangeneninitiative gelassen. Experten warnen jedoch, Aussteigerprogramme seien gefährdet, wenn die islamistische Szene bis ins Gefängnis hinein Einfluss ausüben könne.

Vor einigen Wochen stellte ich eine Interview-Anfrage an den Berliner Ex-Rapper Denis Cuspert alias „Deso Dogg“. Der 36jährige hat sich zum musikalischen Sprachrohrer der deutschen Islamisten-Szene entwickelt und rappt regelmäßig über den Dschihad, Märtyrertum und Osama Bin Laden. Cuspert, der sich „Abou Maleeq“ nennt, antwortete mit einer E-Mail, in der er mehrere Bedingungen für ein Interview auflistete – eine davon war besonders ungewöhnlich. Er wolle 9.000 Briefmarken a 55 Cent, schrieb der Islamisten-Rapper.

Wozu braucht ein islamistischer Musiker 9000 Briefmarken? Die Antwort heißt „Ansar ul-Aseer“ (deutsch „Unterstützer der Gefangenen“) und ist eine vor wenigen Monaten ins Leben gerufene Webseite der deutschen Islamisten-Szene. Das neuartige Internetprojekt ist vereinfacht gesagt eine „Gefangeninitiative“, ein Medium, um mit in Haft sitzenden Islamisten in Kontakt treten zu können. Über „Ansar ul-Aseer“ können inhaftierte islamistische Terroristen von ihren Familien, Freunden und Fans per Brief kontaktiert werden.

Die Häftlinge werden einzeln steckbrieflich dargestellt, inklusive der Information, weshalb sie verurteilt wurden und wie lange sie einsitzen werden. Wer möchte, kann Briefe an die islamistischen Extremisten schreiben und ihnen Durchhalteparolen oder Sympathiebekundungen zukommen lassen. Auch Briefmarken und Briefumschläge werden dankbar als Spenden akzeptiert, um den Gefangenen die Möglichkeit zu bieten, mit der Außenwelt zu kommunizieren.

„Wir haben uns zur Aufgabe gemacht unsere Geschwister, die sich in Gefangenschaft – speziell im deutschsprachigem Raum – befinden, seelisch zu unterstützen“, heißt es in der Selbstdarstellung der Webseite, „Wir bemühen uns unsere muslimsichen Geschwister, die sich in Gefangenschaft befinden – seien es politisch verfolgte oder Straftäter, schuldige oder unschuldige – wir unterstützen unsere Geschwister, seien sie Unterdrückte oder Unterdrücker.“

Das islamistische Medienportal „Salafi Media“, das die Webseite betreibt, ermittelt die Postanschriften der inhaftierten Islamisten und stellt so für Sympathisanten und Unterstützer den Kontakt her – sei es zu verurteilte Dschihadisten oder Häftlinge, die erst im Gefängnis zum salafitischen Islam konvertiert sind. Aktuell befinden sich mehr als 25 Häftlinge auf „Ansar ul-Aseer“, darunter auch Personen, die zur Prominenz der islamistischen Szene gehören, wie etwa die Ulmer Deutsch-Türkin Filiz Gelowicz, die Geld für Terroristen in Pakistan gesammelt hat, der zu 11 Jahren Haft verurteilte „Sauerland-Bomber“ Adem Yilmaz und der 19jährige Konvertit Harry M., der Bombenanleitungen im Internet verbreitet hat.

„Ansar ul-Aseer“ arbeitet blitzschnell und hochaktuell. So fand sich schon wenige Tage nach den jüngsten Festnahmen zweier Berliner Terrorverdächtige der Hinweis auf der Webseite „Wir haben mit der Huld Allahs auch schon die Kontaktdaten der Brüder erlangt“. Und auch die beiden in Großbritannien im Juli verhafteten Solinger Konvertiten Robert B. und Christian E. haben bereits einen Steckbrief auf „Ansar ul-Aseer“, mit dem Verweis jeder an sie gerichtete Brief müsse in Englisch verfasst sein. Beide sitzen derzeit in London in Haft und warten auf ihren Prozess.

Aushängeschild der Plattform ist der Berliner Ex-Rapper „Abou Maleeq“. Sein Konterfei prangt auf der Startseite von „Ansar ul-Aseer“. Regelmäßig rührt der umstrittene Musiker und Prediger, der selbst eine Haftstrafe verbüßte und jüngst wegen illegalem Waffenbesitz verurteilt wurde, für das Projekt die Werbetrommel.

„Ist es soweit dass wir die Geschwister vergessen haben? Dass wir ihre Taten vergessen haben?“, sagt „Abou Maleeq in einem Werbevideo für „Ansar ul-Aseer“, „Allah wird keine Tat von ihnen vergessen. Haben die Geschwister nicht an Dank verdient, an Bittgebeten verdient, an Unterstützung verdient? Vergesst nicht eure Geschwister hinter den Mauern!“

Aus Kreisen des Verfassungsschutzes heißt es, das Projekt „Ansar ul-Aseer“ sei lediglich als „Beginn einer Entwicklung“ einzustufen, habe aber bei weitem nicht die Dimensionen ähnlicher Initiativen aus der rechts- und linksextremistischen Szene. Die Internet-Präsenz der Islamisten wolle den Eindruck erwecken, eine große Zahl von Personen arbeite für die Gefangenen-Initiative. Dies sei jedoch nicht der Fall. Ein Vergleich mit der Neonazi-Organisation „Hilfe für Nationale Gefangene“ (HNG) und der „Roten Hilfe“ aus der linksextremistischen Szene, sei daher noch nicht passend.

Die Islamismus-Expertin Claudia Dantschke hält „Ansar ul-Aseer“ dennoch für einen beunruhigenden Trend. „Inhaftierte Islamisten bleiben so weiter in Kontakt mit der Szene, der Kontakt zu den Personen als auch die Einbindung in die Ideologie werden aufrecht erhalten“, so Dantschke gegenüber Die Welt. „Ähnlich wie bei der rechtsextremistischen Gefangeneninitiative HNG gibt es eine soziale und ideologische Betreuung für die Hälftlinge“, erklärt Dantschke weiter, „Zudem gibt es den Aspekt der propagandistischen Ebene: Die Symbolkraft dass man die Gefangenen nicht alleine lässt. Außerdem sollen Aussteiger als Lügner dargestellt werden.“

Am Mittwoch ließ das Bundesinnenministerium den rechtsextremistische Verein „Hilfsorganisation für nationale politische Gefangene e.V. (HNG)“ verbieten. In einer Pressemeldung des Bundesinnenministeriums heißt es: „Unter dem Motto „Drinnen wie draußen eine Front.“ bestärkt die HNG unter dem Deckmantel einer vermeintlich karitativen Betreuung von Strafgefangenen inhaftierte Rechtsextremisten in ihrer nationalistischen Überzeugung und motiviert sie, in ihrem „Kampf gegen das System“ fortzufahren“.

Innenminister Friedrich erklärte, die circa 600 Mitglieder zählende Organisation HNG habe versucht, rechtsextreme Straftreter in der Szene zu halten. „Mit Solidaritätsbekundungen und finanzieller Unterstützung stärkte und festigte die HNG über den einzelnen inhaftierten Rechtsextremisten hinaus zugleich auch die rechtsextremistische Szene als Ganzes“, so Friedrichs. Über 40 Jahre lang konnte die 1979 gegründete HNG beinahe ungehindert agieren, bis ein Verbot durchgesetzt werden konnte – das islamistische Gegenstück „Ansar ul-Aseer“ hat gerade erst begonnen.

German Jihad News

by Florian Flade

This is a summary of the latest developments in Jihad terrorism-related cases in Germany. As I was very busy in recent weeks I could not update my blog and therefore think it is necessary to provide a little overview for those of you who are interested in German Jihadi News.

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Money to Waziristan – Jihadi Veteran & Brother arrested

IMU Jihadi militants in Waziristan

Turgay C. had just left his Cologne apartment, when police approached the 28 year-old German national of Turkish origin, arresting him on the spot Monday morning, February 21. It is not known if Turgay knew at that moment his younger brother, Ömer C., had also been detained by German police. Ömer was hospitalized in Essen´s University Hospital, some 75 kilometers north of Cologne, when he was arrested.

Since February 18, police were in possession of two arrest warrants fo the brothers who are now accused of financially supporting terrorism. Ömer C. and Turgay C. are suspected of being members of a Jihadi supporters network, reaching from France to the Netherlands and Germany. The group, German intelligence learned, was collecting donations from Jihad supporters in Europe and sending it to the Pakistan-based „Islamic Movement Uzbekistan“ (IMU).

Investigation by German authorities showed the C.-Brothers were recruited by a man named Irfan D., a French-Dutch national of Turkish descent, who had lived in France and is suspected of being involved in supporting IMU since the 1990s. D. is said to be closely linked with people living in the Cologne region of Western Germany, associated of the self proclaimed „Calliph of Cologne“, Mettin Kaplan. One of the now arrested Islamists is a son-in-law of Kaplan, who was arrested in 2004 and extradited to Turkey on charges of plotting to overthrow the Turkish government in a terror coup. In Turkey he was sentenced to life in prison for treason.

German prosecution is now preparing to charge Turgay C.. The charges are support of terrorist activities abroad. Turgay C., investigators claim, had sent 39,000 EUROs to Pakistan to support IMU. Phone-calls and e-mails he received from the terror group ordered him to transfer the donations, which police believe came from several supporters living in Germany. According to my information, German investigators are convinced the support for IMU is not one based on single individuals but on a whole network collecting large sums not only in Germany but several European countries.

Turgay´s brother Ömer C. has been to a Jihadi training camp in Waziristan. He traveled to Pakistan in September 2009 and returned almost exactly one year later. What made him return to Germany was an injury he got while fighting the Pakistani military in the tribal areas.

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Adnan Loves Guns


German TV HR was reporting last week, a convicted Jihadi terrorist, Adnan V., was able to obtain a license to legally buy firearms in Germany – and so he did. Adnan V., who was arrested in October 2009 after authorities learned he had recruited people over the Internet from to join Jihad and he himself had built explosive devices in his apartment in Offenbach. In 2008 V. bought two rifles and a handgun and regularly attended a local shooting range for practice.

The local administration was unaware of Adnan V.´s Islamist background, police said after HR reported the story. Obtaining the weapon´s license was perfectly legal back then – V. had passed all the necessary tests and had no crime record.

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The Frankfurt Raid – Haddid Again?


As I reported two weeks ago, German police raided numerous sights in the city of Frankfurt on February 22, as part of an investigation into a possible Jihadi recruitment network led by a prominent Salafi preacher from Morocco. Though it was kind of surprising such a famous cleric like Sheikh Abdullatif (who is part of a Youtube-Preacher generation and part of the „Die Wahre Religion“ missionary movement) would be involved in terror recruiting, the most surprising fact is the arrest of another person in the Frankfurt raid.

In the police´s press release to the media it only read several men of Eritrean, German, Moroccan and Afghan nationality were being investigated and their property have been searched. The Afghan man it turns out, is Haddid N. For those not following this blog that often: Haddid N., born to Afghan parents, is the Frankfurt University student who was detained by US forces in Kabul (Afghanistan) back in January and then released after the news was spread by German media and German politicians intervened.

N.´s sister had told a German newspaper she suspected German officials of having given information about Haddid´s whereabouts to the Americans. Haddid N. was arrested in his father´s house in Kabul only a few days after German police had visited the sister and asked about why her brother had traveled to Afghanistan after originally vacationing in Dubai.

German counter-terrorism had investigated Haddid because it was suspected he harbors the desire of traveling to Pakistan and join a terror group for Jihad. By summer 2010 police stopped the observation and where then alarmed when Haddid and a friend traveled to the Middle East. Haddid´s friend had then returned to Germany but the Frankfurt student instead decided to take a flight to Afghanistan.

As it seems now, police still following possible links between Haddid N. and terror-related activities. Police questioned Sheikh Abdullatif but did not arrest anybody else.

The Frankfurt-based Salafi missionary group „DawaFFM“ meanwhile released a video statement, highlighting the action of the police in last week´s raid and calling the whole accusation a „war against Islam“.

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„Mrs.Jihad“ Found Guilty – German Terror Supporter Network Widens

German convert Eric Breininger saying thank-you to Filiz G.

In Berlin the trial against supporters of the „Deutsche Taliban Mujahidin“ (DTM) group is going on with a new suspect charged. Filiz Gelowicz (wife of convicted Sauerland Terrorist Fritz Gelowicz), and Alican T. are standing on trial since November 4 2010, accused of sending money to Waziristan and thereby financing a terrorist group.

Fatih K., the new defendant appeared in front of the court for the first time last Friday, spotting shoulder-long hair. K. was hunted by German police since August 2010 but was able to escape the surveillance and flee to Turkey where he was hiding near the Syrian border till local authorities arrested him in September 2010.

At the start of his trial in Berlin, Fatih K. confessed having sent money to DTM in Pakistan, communicating with the leaders of the group, mainly German-born Turkish national Ahmet M. („Salahuddin Turki“). M., who was killed in a gunbattle with Pakistani troops in Waziristan in April 2010, was also in touch with Filiz Gelowicz, sending her e-mails almost every day, telling her to raise money and produce videos to attract donations.

Filiz Gelowicz, arrested in February 2010, has confessed the charges back in December. She managed the German-speaking Online Jihad in 2008 and 2009, and admitted of having been online for almost 24 hours a day, posting messages, statements and videos on the Ansar Forum´s German section. Under the anonymous „fisebilillah“ she informed other forum members of the situation in Waziristan, translated postings by the Turkish Jihadi militants in Pakistan and also called for violent Jihad, writing about „slaughtering the dirty kuffar“. More than a 1.000 entries were posted by Gelowicz, including Jihadi videos.

From November 2009 to February 2010 Filiz Gelowicz, Alican T. and Fatih K. sent 4300 EUROs to the Jihadi militants of DTM residing in Waziristan. The money was transfered via Western Union accounts in Turkey. „Of course I knew it was used to buy weapons“, Filiz Gelowicz said in court. In addition, other material, food items and books, were sent to Pakistan by „Mrs.Jihad“.

The German Taliban Mujaheddin did thank Filiz Gelowicz in at least two propaganda videos for the money, her comittment and effort. „Thank you to fisebillah“ and „Thank you Abu Kaka“ – the texts in the video read. „fisebillah“ was Gelowicz´s Online username, „Abu Kaka“ was choosen by Fatih K..

Mrs.Gelowiczs was found guilty on March 9 and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. In her last statement in front of the judge, Filiz Gelowicz claimed she feels sorry for what she did. Islam was a religion of peace, not of war and hate, Gelowicz said, „I have done harm to my religion.“

The terrorist wife was allowed to leave prison until her prison term starts. Until then „Mrs.Jihad“ is a free person.

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Kevin The Wannabe-Jihadi On Trial

Kevin S. in video threatening terror attacks in Germany

Last November, Kevin S. appeared in a amateurish home made video threatening terror attacks in Germany and demanding the release of convicted terrorist Daniel Schneider („Sauerland-Zelle“). On Friday, the 19 year-old Muslim convert of Cameroonian origin appeared in a courtroom in Saarbrücken to face charges.

S. converted to Islam and rapidly radicalized in his political and religious mindset. He admired fellow convert Daniel Schneider, whom he had met personally before the Sauerland Zelle´s arrest in September 2007, and wanted the Pakistan-trained terrorist to be released from prison.

In the beginning he wanted to travel to Afghanistan to fight Jihad, Kevin S. told in courtroom last week, but he lacked money. So he decided to wage Jihad in Germany by building home-made explosive devices.

While attending the mosque he met a man who he befriended with. Both Islamists plotted to build the bombs with the help of manuals which they downloaded from the Internet. According to Kevin S., it was this other person who convinced him to shoot the threat videos which were then posted onto Youtube. „More than 10 Mujahidin are ready strike“, Kevin S. said in one of the tapes, „if brother Daniel Schneider is not released.“

On November 19 2010 police stepped in and arrested Kevin S.. Since summer of 2010 they had monitored the terror suspect and read his e-mails. Authorities knew of Kevin´s intention to wage Jihad.

As it becomes known now through his testimony in court, Kevin is accusing the police of placing a „V-Mann“, a undercover agent posing as a Islamist to drive him into extremism and then arrest him. S. claims the idea of recording the terror threats on camera came were those of his friend, who was working as a police informant. For sure it will be interesting to see how the police will explain this mysterious „friend“ – he also appeared in one of the videos threatening attacks against Germany. Was this all part of a police investigation?

On March 4, Kevin S. was found guilty. His sentence is 16 months in prison.

„Asadullah the Chechen“ – Online Jihadi Arrested in the USA

by Florian Flade


It was Thursday, January 6th as two FBI agents approached a car in a parking lot of a local fast food restaurant in New Bethlehem, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State. They were looking for a 21 year-old man, who they found was sitting in the driver´s seat of the car. One of the agents opened the rear passenger door, identifying himself as a agent of the FBI. „We want to talk to you“, the FBI man told the young, brownish-red-bearded man in the car. At the same time the other agent opened the driver´s door, showing the wanted suspect there is no chance of escaping in this situation.

The man in the car started screaming at the FBI officers, putting one hand in his jacket, apparently searching for something. Immediately the agents thought the suspect was trying to reach a gun hidden in his jacket and struggled with him. The suspect „bit both agents and drew blood,“ the complaint filed last week, said, „They eventually brought him under control.“

When the FBI searched the jacket of the 21 year-old, they found a loaded 9mm gun. The safety was off and a bullet was in the chamber, meaning the handgun was ready to be fired.

The person – Emerson Begolly – that bit two FBI agents and probably even intended to shoot them, was initially wanted for spreading Jihadist propaganda on Islamic websites on the Internet. Begolly, whose residence is in Harrison (Pennsylvania) is now charged with assault against FBI agents, using a deadly weapon to harm the agents and possession of firearms while committing the assault.

Emerson Begolly once was a student at Penn State’s New Kensington campus but had left school and attended online courses that he later suspended. In 2009 he attended a Pro-Palestinian rally at the university and was described by the campus magazine as a „sophomore religion major“. Pictures on the Internet show the 21 year-old Muslim student speaking at the 2009 rally.

When Begolly appeared in front of a judge last week and was ordered to be jailed for at least one day. The court also revealed the Internet identity of the former Pennsylvania student Emerson Begolly – in the online world he was known as „Asadullah Shishani“.

That avatar name was used by an Online Jihadi for many years, a person that became quite a popular figure among the Jihadi extremist online community. „Asadullah Shishani“ posted video messages of al-Qaida leaders, spread documents, speeches and music files supporting Jihad and attacks against Western troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Amongst other forms of propaganda spreading, „Asadullah Shishani“ produced Nasheeds, songs about Jihad, living Jihadi fighters and martyrs, himself and posted them on the internet.

After the Jordanian double agent Khalil Humam al-Balawi alias „Abu Dujanah al-Khorasani“ killed a CIA team in a suicide bombing in Khost (Afghanistan) in December 2009, Emerson Begolly („Asadullah Shishani“) praised the bomber as a hero, dedicating a poem to al-Balawi.

„Our James Bond, who is he?
He is Abu Dujannah!
His motto: Let me die or live free!

Our James Bond, what is he like?
A roaring lion, a stinging bee,
Not a cowardly kike.

Our James Bond, what did he seek?
Not power or money,
But justice for the weak.“

Back in April 2010 another poem by Shishani appeared on the internet forums, highlighting the „Islamic State of Iraq“, the umbrella organization of al-Qaida.

„Like lions you hunted the kuffar and killed them, and like poachers they slaughtered you

But the lion cubs of Tawheed shall not remain silent, and the day of revenge is coming

So we gnash our teeth, hungry for vengeance, hungry for the flesh and blood of our enemies“

In Mid-December 2010, „Asadullah Shishani“ contributed a song in English to the Swedish-Iraqi Taimour Abdulwahhab al-Abdali, who failed to carry out a suicide bombing in Stockholm earlier that month.

„Grab my Gun and my Ammo
Strap my kamarband onto my chest
Get dressed up in my camo
Martyrdom is what I wanted best“

Emerson Begolly described himself as a Chechen native in the Jihadi internet forums. A picture shows him wearing Muslim woven cap in the colours of Chechnya. Other images raise doubts about the Muslim background of the Pennsylvania man. In one picture, Begolly is seen at a younger age, dressed in a Nazi uniform. Allegedly his father dressed him up in the German military uniform. According to reports from Pennsylvania, Begolly admitted of having a weapon and even owning a AK-47 Kalashnikov rifle.

Rarely are the big fish of the Online Jihad exposed, mainly because due to the fact that most of them are Arabic-speaking internet activists that live in Arab countries. With Begolly soon behind bars, one Western Online Jihadi is out of the game.