The US has added to their list of known terrorists and frozen the assets of of a German rapper turned terrorist fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State organization, the State Department revealed on Monday according to AFP.
Denis Cuspert, who has taken the name Abu Talha al-Almani, was already listed as a supporter of al-Qaida by the United Nations before he left his life as a Berlin rapper for the battlefields of Iraq and Syria in 2012.
Al-Almani has become one of the most infamous westerners to have joined the self-styled caliphate and has appeared in multiple videos including one in which he appears to hold a severed a head of a man who opposed the Islamic State group's authority.
“Cuspert is emblematic of the type of foreign recruit [ISIS] seeks for its ranks - individuals who have engaged in criminal activity in their home countries who then travel to Iraq and Syria to commit far worse crimes against the people of those countries,” the State Department said.
German prosecutors have launched their own investigation into al-Alamni who, beyond pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State's leader, is also seen as a poster-boy and key recruiting tool for enlisting more German and European fighters.