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IS sees German recruiter as one of 'greatest' fighters, court hears

Europe
14.11.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Hanover, Germany (dpa) - Islamic State militants consider the radical preacher Abu Walaa - the group‘s main recruiter in Germany - one of its "greatest" and "most fearless" fighters, a witness told a German court on Tuesday.

Nicknamed "the faceless preacher" for showing his back in Islamic State propaganda videos, Abu Walaa is currently on trial alongside four other suspected Islamic State supporters in the northern German town of Celle.

The 23-year-old witness, who was himself recruited by Abu Walaa, told the court that the preacher was known by Islamic State leadership as someone who recruited "good people" and guaranteed their passage from Germany to Syria and Iraq.

Abu Walaa, named as Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah A under German privacy rules, recruited fighters that included twin brothers from the western town of Castrop-Rauxel, who prosecutors say later carried out suicide attacks in Iraq in which some 150 people were killed.

The preacher and his four co-defendants were arrested last November on suspicion of membership in Islamic State and of recruiting more than a dozen young men on behalf of the group.

 

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