Controversy in Germany over the presence of Daesh terrorists –

The defeat of Daesh in Syria and Iraq by the international coalition has led to terrorists fleeing to Europe to establish themselves on the continent. According to research, at least 500 Daesh terrorists managed to flee through Turkey, Syria and Iraq and legally filter through European security plans.

Moroccan security sources have informed Germany about several terrorists currently in Germany. However, the German police seem to ignore these reports and continue to regard them as ordinary asylum seekers with no connection to jihadist terrorism. Tolerance of these radicals is based on the pretext of defending human rights in the region, reported the news website

A recent investigative program by French M6 TV channel “Enquête Exclusive” shed light on the case of some of these terrorists, including Samir, a Daesh member since 2014, who currently lives with his wife on the French-German border and is reportedly on the verge of obtaining a heavy truck driving license, indicated.

In addition to Samir, the investigation revealed another active Daesh member named Majid who was called the Islamic State’s financier and who currently lives unbothered in the Ruhr river basin in north-west Germany.

Investigations suggest that Majid has a large number of luxury cars and a halal massage parlor financed with money from the terrorist organization.

Why the German police seem to ignore the terrorism records of these refugees remains unknown.

According to German media, the radical Salafist circle in Germany has doubled over the last five years to 11,000 members, while German regional authorities put the number of Islamists who could pose the greatest danger at around 5,500.

German intelligence estimated in 2019 that around 12,000 people were linked to this interpretation of Islam, a number translating the growing radicalization of part of German Muslim society.

Jihadist Salafism is characterized by the advocacy of the use of force and violence as a means to establish Islamic states and spread Sharia law. These jihadists see themselves as the true ulema, capable of sacrificing themselves for the cause through violence as a political instrument and conveying ‘the true message of Allah’ to the rest of the Muslim population.

In Germany, Salafi-Jihadist militants use jihadist propaganda to attract the country’s Muslim population to join their militias. According to the former head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans Georg Maassen, these Salafists pose as social aid workers offering money, clothes and toys to attract young people and recruit refugees fleeing the war in Syria.

The jihadists also offer refugees translation services and invite them to tea at their homes, with young people being the most vulnerable to this propaganda and the most susceptible profiles to join Daesh lines, the website added. The slogan they use for their recruitment is simple: “Come with us. We will show you Paradise”.

According to the 2018 report of the German Federal Criminal Investigation Office (BKA), German police and intelligence agencies consider almost 800 German Islamists as potential terrorists. Of these Salafists, 450 are currently in Germany and the rest have left the country.

According to, currently, the Germans are having trouble dealing with a contingent of 500 extremists from the Caucasus, encompassing the areas of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, a population that has been involved in Daesh recruitment in Syria and Iraq.

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