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Police fear third wave of German Jihadists

The Local · 5 Apr 2010, 10:12

Published: 05 Apr 2010 10:12 GMT+02:00

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This third wave follows predecessors the September 11 terrorists and the Sauerland cell and are believed to be travelling to terror training camps in the Waziristan region, the report in news magazine Der Spiegel said.

Nearly 100 names are on the list of suspects held by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). They are distinct from their forerunners in that they are generally younger and are moving as families, rather than fitting the more traditional profile of angry, single men.

The report comes as Germany faces one of its most trying periods since it joined the war against the Islamist Taliban in Afghanistan nearly eight years ago. Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was forced to apologise and promise a full inquiry on Sunday after German soldiers killed six Afghan allies in a ''friendly fire'' incident.

The accident followed the deaths earlier on Friday of three Bundeswehr soldiers in a fierce gun battle with Taliban insurgents.

Spiegel cited several cases in which young husbands and wives had moved together to the Waziristan region, even with babies and small children in tow.

Authorities are also concerned by the sheer speed with which this third generation are being radicalised and their abrupt readiness to disappear and start a new life in a terror training camp, the Spiegel report said.

One couple, named as Jan and Alexandra, were just 20 and 17 respectively when they disappeared. Alexandra was six months pregnant. They travelled from Berlin with another couple who authorities suspect were also headed for a new life as Jihadists.

Jan’s mother noticed in May 2008 that he had stopped eating pork. Within six months he had tried to covert his father to Islam and, on September 27, 2009 – the date of Germany’s federal election – Jan and his new wife Alexandra were gone.

“It’s shocking how quickly one of your own children can slip out of your control,” his mother said.

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She added that she was seeking other families who were experiencing the same thing. “Hardly anyone else can understand our situation,” she said.

Investigators suspect Jan has appeared in a video for a new Jjihadist group, the German Taliban Mujahideen, which has caught the attention of anti-terror authorities for its vociferous threats to bring the war to German cities. Their videos have been illustrated with pictures of the Brandenburg Gate and Hamburg’s central train station.

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Your comments about this article

11:42 April 5, 2010 by pepsionice
There are several factors to make this happen. First, the schools are doing a lousy job on education, and producing some really naive kids who are unable to actually comprehend their actions. Second, the German media went through a long period where they felt this was never a problem to affect Germans, and only in the past year been doing a better job. Finally, you've a young segment of society in Germany who want to believe in something different....just to be different.
12:37 April 5, 2010 by whatzup
How many of us can possibly believe that this problem is not going to become a whole lot worse in the next few years. Particularly if NATO is stymied in Afghanistan that country will become the rallying cry for a whole new wave of terror attacks throughout europe.
13:27 April 5, 2010 by dcgi
"The Griswalds family Jihadication" exploding onto a screen near you Summer 2011!
17:54 April 5, 2010 by lal mani sharma
Dear Sir

A religion spread by sword will end by sword. History is a testimony that followers of Islam after the death of Prophet took to swords. The Koran does speak of love and affection but we still have to find a Muslim who really practices it. The whole Muslim community is in turmoil and has taken up arms against the well established and civilized societies of the world. IT IS HIGH TIME FOR OUR MUSLIM SCHOLARS TO PEEP INTO KORAN AND REDEFINE IT IN A PEACEFUL WAY SO THAT CHILDREN OF THIS WORLD CAN LIVE IN PEACE.
18:24 April 5, 2010 by Freedom_Beats_Socialism
Free will is a gift of God. If you believe that, you will impose a moral and civil code on your own behavior and not bother others.

If you don't believe that, you might become a communist or an islamonazi and force others to submit to your moral code.
19:24 April 5, 2010 by kinggeorge629@gmail.com
You know I would have more to say about this but why? I mean this is what Germany wants, Germany invites them in calls them Germans, and well this is what you get.
19:30 April 5, 2010 by Thames
Most people need something bigger than themselves to believe in.

The Secular West has worked hard to destroy faith and family.

This is the outcome of that policy.
19:40 April 5, 2010 by cocovelvet
Well, a real turn of events......... now the "black widows" and their husbands take a completely new tactic by moving around in family bandits ??!!! I wonder what else awaits us after this as their new little trick is now known........

sometimes I wonder a lot why those bitter angry men and women just don't stay away in their own countries or in those countries where they have the same hatred and avoid all the well-established peace loving countries of the world....... JUST PLAIN SIMPLE
20:30 April 5, 2010 by Hebbellover
@ Thames....excellent observation!
21:50 April 7, 2010 by dbert4
@Thames -Actually I would say that at any time in history, there are gullible people waiting to be sucked into cults, criminal gangs, multi-level marketing and most important to mention, RELIGION!

Two quotes come immediately to mind as relevant.

¦quot;Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.¦quot; Jesse Ventura (American Governor of Minnesota)

"Religion is the opiate of the people". Karl Marx
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