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German militant reported killed in Bagram base attack

The Local · 20 Jan 2011, 08:34

Published: 20 Jan 2011 08:34 GMT+01:00

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The Moroccan-born Bekkay Harrach, who in propaganda videos threatened to conduct attacks in German cities, was the leader of the attack, according to a report Wednesday by SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors terrorist and extremist websites.

A date wasn't cited, but the details point to an assault on May 19, 2010. At the time, NATO officials said seven militants were killed and at least five NATO personnel wounded.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying 20 suicide bombers took part in the assault, which began overnight and included rockets, small arms and grenades. US forces repelled the attackers.

On Tuesday, a statement by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan said the attack was a joint operation by al-Qaida, the IMU and the Pakistani Taliban, according to SITE.

In 2009, Harrach appeared unmasked in a video and threatened to launch attacks in Germany if the country continues to support the NATO military action in Afghanistan. Germany currently has 4,590 troops in Afghanistan, according to NATO statistics.

Bagram, around 60 kilometres north of Kabul, is a huge NATO airbase. International forces also have a prison at the site, opened following the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001.

The SITE report said that militants claim there is a "constant influx" of German men and women to fight NATO forces.

Separately, SITE said another German militant, Abu Askar, was killed last October along with four others in an American drone attack.

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It said a German-Turkish militant was among dead. SITE said those deaths were

publicized last November but without details of their deaths.


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Your comments about this article

09:50 January 20, 2011 by mixxim
A 'German Turk' - what does this tell us? In England they are usually 'British Pakistani'. If someone so clearly abuses the charity of the host nation he should automatically lose his citizenship and return to his origins.
11:49 January 20, 2011 by Celeon
That tie , the rediculous haircut ...

One big visual disaster.

Yet alone for this he deserved it if you ask me. :-D
12:07 January 20, 2011 by tallady
A German national = a citizen of Germany but not of German decent..otherwise not a real German.

12:40 January 20, 2011 by xx.weirich.xx
Good riddance...

Now what have we learned about certain groups of foreigners?
13:17 January 20, 2011 by marimay
That when you treat them like they are less than "german" a handful may turn on you? ;)
13:31 January 20, 2011 by Landmine
Heard Allah ran out of virgins....
14:06 January 20, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Cannot say I am overwrought by this, but too bad he fell in with the wrong bunch. Of course, it was his decision to make, and no one else should be held responsible.

"Our actions will live on in eternity."
14:33 January 20, 2011 by storymann
Landmine > the same virgin takes care of all these jihadist ..but not at the same time
19:32 January 20, 2011 by xx.weirich.xx
"That when you treat them like they are less than "german" a handful may turn on you?"

I doubt it's so much that as it is the fact that these people are simply dangerous.
20:46 January 21, 2011 by fair1day
What a goof. And fighting for the Taliban, which makes farmers grow poppies(for heroin) to raise money for their "cause". My son told about that when stationed in Afghanistan last year.

They say Allah approves. Of course blowing up people while they're shopping isn't too brave either. Did I mention beheading captives on video? Nice people.
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