Jihadist rapper threatens German Charlie Hebdo
In a newly-released video from the Isis terrorist group, former Berlin rapper Denis Cuspert threatens Germany with an attack by a jihadist sleeper cell to match January's mass shootings in France.
“In France deeds were done, in Germany the sleepers are waiting,” Cuspert sings in the three-minute recording. “We want your blood”.
The slickly-produced video contains footage of the men behind the attacks against the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish supermarket in January, as well as news footage from the scene.
Cuspert calls on Isis supporters in Germany to emulate the French terrorists.
“Even if you're in Europe, wage your jihad,” he sings. “Allah will reward you, put an end to the filthy ones.”
Mixing together footage of the Paris attacks, Western cities, and Isis fighters battling in Iraq and Syria with staged footage of men preparing for shootings and suicide bombings, Cuspert's latest effort looks more like a Hollywood movie trailer or a hip-hop video than a terrorist threat.
Cuspert's last video saw him participate in the bloody beheading of several prisoners.
After that recording emerged, he became the target of an investigation for war crimes by federal prosecutors.
Formerly known as Deso Dogg during his days as a rapper and small-time criminal in Berlin, Cuspert became radicalized through Germany's Salafist scene and left the country for Egypt in 2012.
One year later, he was fighting in Syria, rising through the Isis ranks to become one of the most trusted members of the organization and charged with luring German-speaking converts to join up.
Security authorities see his propaganda as a serious danger, as he acts as a role model to the kind of frustrated and unhappy young men most likely to join Isis.
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