On Thursday, German authorities arrested Leeth Abdalhmeed at the refugee shelter in Unna-Massen. Abdalhmeed is suspected of having links to a Sunni terror organization.
According to WSJ, “German authorities were alerted by a Syrian national who had seen an article on a website connecting Mr. Abdalhmeed with Islamic State.” Apparently, Abdalhmeed is actually Leith Abdul Hamid, a “midranking” Islamic State official from Deir Ezzour (where Paris “mastermind” Abdelhamid Abaaoud was Emir of war) who “ran a money-transfer operation for the terror group and was responsible for smuggling medicine and ammunition from Turkey” (where else?).
As we and countless others have documented, the Paris attacks served to undermine the goodwill Europeans had shown towards the millions of asylum seekers flooding into the EU from the war-torn Mid-East. A subsequent bomb scare in Hannover that triggered the evacuation of two soccer stadiums didn’t help matters and now, German lawmakers and voters alike are pressuring Merkel to reconsider Berlin’s open-door refugee policy.
Now that Berlin has promised to send 1,200 troops, a warship, and six Tornado surveillance planes to the fight in Syria, you can expect Germany to become a prime target for future ISIS attacks.
Indeed, a new piece from Spiegel documents the story of “Harry S.”, a jihadist from Bremen who, after returning to Germany following a three month stint in Islamic State-held territory in Syria, says the group is intent on carrying out further attacks in Western Europe and is constantly asking foreign-born fighters if they are willing to return to their home country to wage jihad.
Here’s more from the story:On several occasions, IS members tried to recruit volunteers for terrorist attacks in Germany. In the spring, just after he first arrived in Syria, he says that he and another Islamist from Bremen were asked if they could imagine perpetrating attacks in Germany. Later, when he was staying not far from Raqqa, the self-proclaimed Islamic State capital city, masked men drove up in a jeep. They too asked him if he was interested in bringing the jihad to his homeland. Harry S. says he told them that he wasn’t prepared to do so.
Harry S. was only in IS controlled territory for three months. Yet he might nevertheless become a vital witness for German security officials. Since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, fear of terrorism has risen across Europe, including in Germany, and security has been stepped up in train stations and airports. And the testimony from the Bremen returnee would seem to indicate that the fear is justified. Harry S. says that, during his time in the Syrian warzone, he frequently heard people talking about attacks in the West and says that pretty much every European jihadist was approached with the same questions he had been asked. “They want something that happens everywhere at the same time,” Harry S. says.
A large man with broad shoulders, Harry was trained as a fighter in Syria. He claims to have been drilled in training camps together with 50 other men: sit-ups, hours of standing in the sun and forced marches lasting the entire day. Those who gave up were locked up or beaten. His Kalashnikov, it was driven home to him, should become like his “third arm” and he was told to keep the weapon in bed with him while sleeping.
Full article: Islamic Blitzkrieg Coming To Germany, Arrested Jihadist Warns (Zero Hedge)