Germany's ISIS Importation Problem

Inviting a dangerous enemy inside its borders.

In its annual report covering 2014, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), or the German domestic Security Service, recently reported that some 600 German Islamists traveled to Iraq or Syria. At least nine jihadists from Germany committed suicide attacks. These attacks had probably been ordered by the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS, also known as ISIL). The first German suicide bomber was Robert Baum (Abu Uthman), a Muslim convert from the city of Solingen. He blew himself up in the Syrian Province of Homs in June 2014. 

Another German convert to Islam who joined ISIS was Philip Bergner. On Facebook he put film footage of his German-Turkish friend Mustafa Kalayci, who ostentatiously showed the severed heads of Kurdish fighters. Bergner committed a suicide attack near Mosul, Iraq, in August 2014.

German jihadists also committed serious war crimes. Muslim convert Denis Mamadou Gerhart Cuspert (Ghanese father, German mother) was born in Berlin where he was known as rapper “Deso Dogg.” Before his conversion to Islam he was a petty criminal. He traveled to Syria where he pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in March or April 2013. An execution video shows Cuspert picking up a severed head and puting it on a body. Such videos call on radical Muslims in the West to join ISIS. The U.S. Department of State designated German citizen Denis Cuspert “a Specially Designated Global Terrorist” on February 9, 2015. “Cuspert is emblematic of the type of foreign recruits ISIL 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 observed, adding that “Cuspert has been a willing pitchman for ISIL atrocities.”

The German newspaper Die Welt reported in October 2014 how a German ISIS jihadist who called himself Abu Dawud made veiled threats against German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the other Germans.

In its most recent annual report the German Security Service warns against “the substantial security threat posed by those German jihadists who were trained in terrorist training camps and actively participated in the fight in Syria and Iraq.” This threat is ever so real when they return to Germany and commit terrorist attacks, as suicide bombers for example. The report quotes the online IS propaganda magazine “Dabiq” of October 12, 2014, which explicitly refers to Germany as a target for terrorist attacks. Several German ISIS jihadists also announced that such attacks may occur soon.

The same report describes how conflicts and anti-Semitism are being imported from the Middle East. During Israel’s offensive against Hamas in Gaza in the summer of 2014, Hamas sympathizers in Germany were chanting anti-Semitic slogans such as “Kill the Jews!” “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!” And in the German city of Essen a mob of 200 angry Muslims attacked people who were demonstrating against anti-Semitism in July 2014. The police who had to protect the peaceful demonstrators were also attacked by these militant Muslims and their ilk. On other occasions Jews and synagogues were attacked as well. 

There were several violent clashes between Salafists and Kurdish immigrants in Germany.

The latest annual report of the German Security Service estimates that there are at least 43,890 radical Muslims in Germany, about 7,000 so-called Salafists among them. The ultra-conservative Salafists provide a fertile soil for terrorist recruiters from al-Qaeda and ISIS. The number of al-Qaeda and ISIS sympathizers in Germany is not exactly known, but their number is growing fast. There are probably thousands now in the country. It is impossible to monitor all of them. And things are going to get worse very soon.

Eurostat, Europe’s most authoritative bureau of statistics, recently reported: “In 2014 by far the highest number of asylum seekers from outside the EU-28 was reported by Germany (203,000).” It is expected that about 750,000 asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Eritrea, Libya, Kosovo, Albania, Afghanistan and Pakistan will have applied for asylum in Germany by the end of 2015, among them probably tens of thousands of radical Muslims and anti-Semites with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Shabab, the Taliban, al-Qaeda or ISIS. Many of those who apply for asylum in Germany do so successfully. Criminal migrant traffickers and Muslim terrorists know this quite well.

A 21-year Moroccan asylum, “A.M.,” seeker was recently arrested in the asylum seeker’s center of Ludwigsburg (near the German city of Stuttgart). Together with “S.C.C.,” a Spanish female convert to Islam, A.M. reportedly recruited jihadists for ISIS. He and this Spanish covert to Islam were also very active in Spain. But A.M. decided to travel to Germany in 2015 where he applied for asylum. He was using a false name and hoped that he would be safe in Germany. Migrant traffickers in the Middle East and North Africa often sell passports of asylum seekers to ISIS terrorists who could then be smuggled into Europe or travel from one European country to another. It was at the request of the Spanish authorities that A.M. was arrested. Alert criminal investigators in Stuttgart also played a vital role in discovering the real identity of this fake asylum seeker.

This case clearly illustrates how ISIS operatives in Europe do not hesitate to apply for asylum in Germany. 

A massive influx of people from non-Western backgrounds, especially when they are Muslims from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, poses a direct threat to Europe’s own security. We in Europe are then importing the conflicts and the anti-Semitism prevalent in the Muslim world. Moreover, today’s mass immigration directly threatens our Judeo-Christian and humanistic identity and tradition. Too many Muslim immigrants in Germany, France and Sweden are angry and frustrated and dependent on welfare. Most anti-Semitic attacks are perpetrated by Muslims. That is why German society cannot cope with an additional influx of nearly 800,000 Muslim immigrants in 2015.