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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.

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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??


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.
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