The “migrant crisis” in Europe has been the best development for Islamic terrorist networks in (possibly) forever.
There are endless examples that could be cited in support of this statement here, here, here, and here, but below is one the most recent examples – this time from Germany again, the nation that has taken in the most migrants in the shortest period of time, thanks to Angela Merkel’s open border policies. From the UK Daily Mail‘s German correspondent:
Three Syrian asylum seekers are arrested in Germany after tip-off that ISIS sleeper cells are planning carnage similar to Paris attacks
- Suspects came to Germany via Turkey disguised as refugees last year
- Identified only as Mahir Al-H, 17, Mohamed A, 26 and Ibrahim M, 18
- They entered the country with fake passports created by ISIS’ forgers
- Travelled from the Middle East in the same boat as two Paris attackers
Officers of the elite GSG9 anti-terror police swooped on two migrant homes in Lower Saxony and in the far north of Germany in SchleSwig-Holstein bordering Denmark.
Three Syrians identified only as Mahir Al-H aged 17, Mohamed A, 26, and Ibrahim M, 18, were taken into custody along with their mobile phones and computers.
Police have arrested three refugees (one pictured centre) at asylum seekers homes in Germany on suspicion of plotting terror attacks for Islamic State
The terror suspects (pictured being led to van in centre) arrested in an asylum seekers home in Schleswig-Holstein arrived in Europe with fake passports crafted for them by ISIS forgers and accompanied by two of the Paris attackers
View of a house which is being used as accommodation for refugees, pictured in Reinfeld. Three Syrians have been arrested in anti-terrorism raids on Tuesday morning in the German states of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony
A refugee shelter in Grosshansdorf, where police have reportedly conducted an anti-terror raid
The terror suspects arrested in an asylum seekers home in Schleswig-Holstein arrived in Europe with fake passports crafted for them by ISIS forgers and accompanied by two of the Paris attackers. They landed in mid November aboard a refugee ship which docked at the Greek island of Leros. Two of their travelling companions killed themselves with suicide bombs outside the Stade de France stadium in Paris on November 13 last year. Two more conspirators aboard the vessel were arrested in the Austria city of Graz in December.
‘Specific orders or instructions have not yet been determined so far,’ said a spokesman for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office. The suspects were placed under intense surveillance for several months, including bugging their phones and tailing their every move in an operation that cost tens of thousands of pounds. German interior minister Thomas de Maziere said the Isis terror suspects seized on Tuesday were probably a ‘sleeper cell’ with links to the Paris attackers of last year. More than 200 police officers, including members of the special unit GSG 9, swooped on the suspects after weeks of covert surveillance.
At a press conference de Maiziere said the Federal Criminal Office – Germany’s FBI – had evidence linking them to the Paris killers, including evidence that their false papers were made by the same forgers in the same workshop. ‘We waited for the right moment to arrest them,’ said de Maziere, confirming they had been ‘closely’ monitored beforehand. He also cautioned against thinking all refugees were terrorists. He also said that investigators had no evidence that a concrete plan for an attack had been formulated by the three suspects.
A further six apartments were searched and material taken away by police who swarmed over the regions in over 200 vehicles in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Media reports said the men came to Germany disguised as refugees last year and were awaiting orders from jihadist superiors in their homeland about what and when to strike.
A Germany returnee from the Syrian battlefront, who is now serving four years in a German jail for membership of ISIS, told intelligence agents earlier this year that the terror group is keen to pull off a spectacular outrage in Germany similar to the Paris slaughter a year ago.
Mahir Al-H received weapons and explosives training in Raqqa, the capital of the so-called Islamic Caliphate, in September 2015 before being sent west the following month posing as a refugee. Together with his accomplices he was told to lay low until commands were issued for them to strike. Internet and mobile phone intercepts are understood to have led to their arrests.
They were seized with considerable amounts of American dollars and their mobile phones had special communications software installed. They reached Germany via Turkey and Greece.
Only last weekend interior minister Thomas de Maziere warned that there are over 500 Islamic militants in Germany capable of forming themselves into independent ‘hit teams’ to commit atrocities.
He said there were at least 520 ‘potential attackers’ in Germany – a nation on edge since two Islamic State-inspired attacks in July in which the attackers were both refugees. He said another 360 ‘relevant’ people were known to police because of their ‘close proximity’ to potential killers.
His comments lend more credibility to right-wing parties like the Alternative for Germany (AfD) which has for long argued that Isis fighters mingled with the 1.2 million migrants who came to Germany in the past year. ‘The terror threat now stems from foreign hit teams as well as fanatical lone wolves in Germany,’ de Maiziere said in an interview with Bild newspaper. ‘The hit teams are secretly smuggled into Europe and prepare their actions without being noticed, as we saw with the attacks in Paris and Brussels,’ he added.
‘But it’s even more difficult to uncover the fanatical lone wolves. Unfortunately, there is a real and present danger from both threats.’
Authorities say they are doing everything possible to monitor ‘the potential terrorists’ and pointed out that there have been more investigations and arrests this year. Despite their efforts de Maziere added: ‘The authorities are assuming there are undiscovered lone wolf terrorists out there.’
De Maiziere said Islam did not bear within it the ‘seed of terrorism’ and appealed to all Muslims to distance themselves from Islamist terrorism, urging people to recognise radicalisation patterns within their communities and intervene. ‘It is an abuse of the religion to carry out assassinations in the name of Islam,’ de Maiziere added.