2 suspected Syria jihadists go on trial in Berlin

January 8, 2015 17:18

BERLIN - A German man, 36, and a 27-year-old Turkish citizen went on trial in Berlin on Thursday charged with membership of a foreign terror group in Syria.

Federal Prosecutor Matthias Krauss said the suspects had traveled to Syria in 2013 where they joined Junud al-Sham, a group of Chechen origin, with whom they received training and went on to fight.

Junud al-Sham aims to establish a caliphate in the region operating under sharia, Islamic law, Krauss said. Germany's Institute for International and Security Affairs describes it as a well-trained group which has often cooperated with the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's affiliate in the Syrian war.

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