More than 800 Islamists leave Germany to join IS in Syria and Iraq

According to a newspaper report, more than 800 Islamists have left Germany to join jihadi groups such as the so-called “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq. At least 60 percent were German citizens.

German daily “Die Welt” reported on Tuesday that more than 800 Islamists have left Germany to join jihadi groups such as the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) in Syria and Iraq.

Around a third of Islamists who had joined up with the jihadi militants abroad had also returned to Germany, meaning the number of “jihadi travelers” has slightly increased since the beginning of the year, said a spokeswoman for the Federal Criminal Office (BKA). In January, BKA President Holger Münch said the criminal bureau had in fact seen a slight decline in travel by Islamists to the war zones.

 

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