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German police launch sting operation on terror suspects

Iran Press TV

Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:38PM

Police in Germany have raided more than a dozen residences which have been under the suspicion of acts of terrorism.

According to reports on Tuesday, approximately 200 German policemen stormed the premises in search of evidence against two Turkish men arrested on suspicion of recruiting militants and procuring equipment and funding for the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in Syria.

According to police, no one was arrested in the raids on 13 locations in the Germany's capital, Berlin, the neighboring city of Potsdam and the eastern state of Thuringia.

One of the two arrestees, identified as 41-year-old Ismet D., is suspected of recruiting largely Turkish and Russian nationals from the Caucasus regions of Chechnya and Dagestan to fight alongside ISIL militants in Syria.

The other man, identified as 43-year-old Emin F., is suspected of financing Takfiris.

The police said in a statement on Friday that there is 'no indication that the group planned attacks inside Germany,' and that its members were preparing a serious act of violence in Syria.

Germany is planning to seize the personal identity cards of suspected would-be militants for up to three years in a bid to prevent them from traveling abroad to join terrorist groups.

According to German officials, some 550 German citizens have traveled to Syria to fight for terrorist groups and about 180 are believed to have returned home.

A recent UN Security Council report said more than 15,000 militants with over 80 nationalities, including Americans and Europeans, have joined terrorist groups fighting the Syrian government.

Meanwhile, the Soufan Group, a New York-based intelligence firm, estimated in June 2014 that at least 3,000 militants of European origin have been active in several militancy-riddled regions across the Arab country.

US media reports say more than 100 US citizens have also traveled to Syria to fight President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The latest figures come as American and European opponents of the Syrian government voice concern as militants appear to be biting the hand that has fed them.

The ISIL militants currently control swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and beheadings.


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