• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Germany home to 90 combat Islamists: report

DDP/The Local · 28 Nov 2009, 11:50

Published: 28 Nov 2009 11:50 GMT+01:00

Some 30 of them have actual fighting experience through clashes with US or Pakistani soldiers, the magazine reported, citing German security sources.

In total, 185 Islamists trained in terrorist camps in central Asia had lived or worked in Germany in the past 10 years, the sources said.

New, young radicals were no longer recruited only through mosques, but also in universities, prisons and sports clubs, the report said.

The security sources wanted Germany to take a stronger stance in the future towards deradicalising young Islamists.

According to a separate report in magazine Der Spiegel, the Joint Terrorism Defence Centre (GTAZ) – a co-operation between various German police and intelligence agencies – will hold a forum in December to overhaul the country’s anti-terrorism strategy and come up with fresh approaches.

The efforts would be aimed at native German converts to Islam, as much as radicals with immigrant backgrounds.

Until now, anti-radicalisation measures had been piecemeal across Germany’s states, ranging from educational comic books to one-on-one conversations with violence-prone Islamists, the Spiegel report said.

Story continues below…

The forum, organised by the Interior Ministry, would also study Jihadists who had already been convicted and imprisoned, as they posed their own danger in jail, where they could radicalise other prisoners.

To fight this problem, moderate Imams and Islamic organisations could be brought into counter the influence of radicals in jails, the Spiegel report said.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

15:22 November 28, 2009 by Celeon
Why does this guy from the photo remind me of a certain creature from the Muppet Show everytime i see it?

I just can put my finger on which one it was...
15:32 November 28, 2009 by Jibzy
You mean Sesame Street?? This guy??

http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/081112/Seth-Green/Grover-Sesame-Street_l.jpg

I hope they get caught before they get to do something.
16:43 November 28, 2009 by lordwilliams629
what a joke, theres no anti-radicalisation with these killers. You do one of two things, you put them in jail or you give them a one way ticket back to their homeland. For me I would prefer a third option, and that would be a bullet to each one of their heads, but I know thats just a nice dream. Yea we now live in a world that wants to be sensitive to the needs of the tyrants. In todays world we would give hitler a daily diet of lobster tail and fine wine if he was in jail, then when he broke his plate over a guards head, we would try to study what makes him so bad, and then see what we can do to make him a good boy.
17:13 November 30, 2009 by abemarch
Why do they do what they do? Why do they join a radical organization?

Anti-terrorism laws and putting suspects in jail doesn't solve anything.

If you have an infection, you want to know what caused it. Unless or until we find the cause, there will be no remedy.
17:15 November 30, 2009 by rjtanston
It all comes down to a problem of the white world....We are going to be labeled as prejudice, race hating (add your own name) if we say or do anything against minorities in our own countries....It doesn't matter whether we are in Europe, the US....where ever....If you are the white "majority" and speak out, you are wrong. Point in fact....The Ft. Hood killings....Read how many people wanted to say Hasan was "off key" but didn't, only because of fear of being labled as prejudiced. What a world!
17:44 November 30, 2009 by lordwilliams629
Yea rjtanston I think you hit the nail harder than I did. This is one of the biggest problems in america and europe, we letting people come in take us over, and under fear of being labled, us whites give these people alot room to do what they want. when in fact most of these people we are letting in hate us, and they are in fact are much more prejudiced than we can ever dream of being.
18:56 November 30, 2009 by berlinski
What is he doing with his fingers? Indicating the size of his Dick?
03:08 December 1, 2009 by Ich
Deradicalizing efforts pay off, in the long run.

But criminal prosecution pays off, now.

There used to laws about aiding the enemy, weren't there?
06:20 December 2, 2009 by Cheney
Must be a Muhammadist travel brochure. "Come and Enjoy Three Days and Night at the Jihad Inn and Suites. After you shout your condemnation of the West and its evil, you can enjoy free booze nights at the strip club".

The sad thing is Immigration will let him back with a welcome basket and all of his family too. Thats the madness that has befallen the western world. We have let the self proclaimed enemy in , and are shocked when they go off to join enemy forces. You reap what you sow I guess.
Today's headlines
Far-right AfD leader injured by flying frozen cake
Jörg Meuthen and a cake. Photo: DPA

The co-leader of the far-right AfD party was attacked with a cake while attending a political event on Monday. But the fact the dessert was frozen made the act "dangerous", according to the politician.

Underwater pensioner hunts boats on famed Bavarian lake
A passenger boat on Lake Starnberg. Photo: DPA

"I love chasing the ships, and what a great feeling it is when they sound the horn!" he gleefully exclaims.

What are Merkel's chances for remaining Chancellor?
Photo: DPA.

She's already held the Chancellery for over a decade, but infighting with political allies as well as a rocky response to her refugee policies may put a damper on Angela Merkel's staying power.

German EU commissioner doubts Brexit will happen
EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger. Photo: EPA.

Germany's EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger raised doubts on Tuesday about whether Britain would leave the bloc, saying he wouldn't bet on "Brexit".

Merkel offers Russia a lifting of sanctions - if it behaves
Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that she has "the very greatest interest in stopping sanctions" against Russia, Reuters reports.

'Idiot' youth lets regional train drive over him as dare
Photo: DPA

In a stunt police have described as "incomprehensible idiocy," a drunk young man from Munich lay down on the tracks in front of a fast-moving train and let it ride over him.

'Unfriendly' Germans make expat life harder: report
Photo: Pexels.com

Expats in Germany generally find it great for families and starting a career, but were turned off by the language barriers and "unfriendly" Germans upon arrival, according to a new report.

Is German diplomacy getting too chummy with Russia?
Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Photo: DPA/AFP Pool.

Critics have been questioning the German Foreign Minister's recent series of comments about working closer with Russia, with some labelling the diplomat a "Russia-sympathizer".

Police investigate after mosque door is bricked shut
The bricked-up door. Photo: Facebook/Netzwerk für Flüchtlinge in Parchim.

Unknown people have bricked up the entrance to a mosque in northeastern Germany and stuck racist flyers to their masonry work.

Vice-Chancellor: TTIP trade deal is dead
Photo: DPA

Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday that negotiations on a massive trade deal between the European Union and the United States were effectively dead in the water.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
National
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
National
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Culture
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Rhineland
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Culture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
Lifestyle
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Gallery
Germany's 17 Olympic gold medals in pictures
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate
Society
Ten times Germans proved they really, really love beer
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
Lifestyle
What's on in Germany: events for August 2016
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
National
Six things you need to know when moving to Germany
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
International
German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Technology
London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Lifestyle
13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Travel
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Lifestyle
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
National
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Technology
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Travel
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
International
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Features
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
7,567
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd