BERLIN – Radical German Islamists participated in the murders of Syrian
Christians in an early August attack on the Turkish-Syrian border, according to
a report in the German magazine FOCUS.
The magazine reported last week
the involvement of nearly 100 “fanatical” German Muslims, including Germans who
converted to Islam, in the Syrian civil war.
Two Western intelligence
agencies provided the information to FOCUS about the role of German Islamists in
the August massacre.
A German police official told the magazine that “the
complicity of Germans in the extermination and ethnic cleansing in Syria is a
sheer intolerable condition.”
Prosecutors are examining whether the
German Muslims can be charged with participation in a terrorist
The growing presence of German Islamists in Syria prompted
the Federal Republic’s interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich to issue a warning
in April about the “calls for those Europeans who have been trained in battle
[in Syria] to return home and pursue jihad.”
The Sunni Salafist movement
in Germany has provided the main combatants for the conflict against Syrian
President Bashar Assad’s regime. Dirk Baehr, a German political scientist who
has written about European and German jihadi groups, told The Jerusalem Post
Tuesday that six months ago there were 60 German Islamists in Syria and now the
number has climbed to 150. Many of the jihadis fighting in Syria are from
Belgium, Baehr added.
In a video cited in the FOCUS
report, which appears
in German and Arabic, German jihadists praise the expulsion of Christians from
the Syrian villages. The video shows between nine and 10 jihadis walking by dead
people. Baehr said it is difficult to ascertain if the dead individuals are
One Islamic combatant strikes the head of a dead Syrian
soldier in the video.
Former gangster rapper from Berlin, Denis Cuspert
(a.k.a Deso Dogg), is believed to be fighting with the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra
Front. German counter-terrorism officials view Cuspert as a powerful recruitment
tool. He made a video before his departure to Syria, urging Muslims to join the
jihad in Syria.