German-Speaking Jihadists

Terrorists Put Germany in Crosshairs

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Following the attack in Nice, France, there has now been a spike in calls for similar attacks in Germany.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Terrorist attacks in France, Belgium and Germany have all of Europe on edge and there is growing concern about calls for attacks to be committed in Germany.

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    • The current high concentration of messages calling for acts of violence in Germany is striking.
    • It isn’t clear who is posting the calls on the German-language internet – whether they are members of the Islamic State or just sympathizers.
    • Members of German security services are concerned that such messages could act as triggers for radicalized individuals.
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German-speaking supporters of the Islamic State terrorist group (IS) have recently increased their calls for acts of violence in Germany.

“For several days now we have been observing a definite increase in general as well as individual-related calls to kill people in German-language propaganda media, such as on the messaging service Telegram,” the director of the State Bureau of Investigation in Bremen, Daniel Heinke, told the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

This was underlined by a leading member of the German intelligence agency who said: “There has definitely been a recorded increase.” The spike is mostly on social media, with calls for attacks along the lines of, “‘it’s your turn now!’”

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