German Interior Minister: 760 Citizens Joined ISIS, 200 Returned Germany

German Interior Minister: 760 Citizens Joined ISIS, 200 Returned Germany
Sun Nov 22, 2015 18:36:37

Germany has become home to hundreds of potential terrorists with real battle experience, country’s Interior Minister revealed to national media. These are German citizens who joined radical Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria and are now coming home.

Former militants who used to fight in the ranks of so-called ISIS/ISIL and other terrorist groups against the troops of the Syrian and Iraqi governments are now coming home, raising the threat of potential terror attacks to a new high, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told Bild am Sonntag.

The number of potential attackers currently living in Germany is “higher than ever before,” de Maiziere said, estimating the number of German citizens joining terrorists at 760 people, about one-fifth of them women, who usually do not fight among terrorists, but rather “assisting” the terrorists “in other ways,” de Maiziere said.

The vast majority of Germans fighting in Syria and Iraq are men in their 20s who were raised in Germany and had German or double citizenship, De Maiziere added.

According to the minister, some 120 German citizens have died in the conflict in the Middle East; while about 200 have managed to return back home. The rest is still somewhere out there, participating in terrorist activities, he added.

According to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, there are about 25,000 foreigners among the militants of so-called Islamic State.

The conflict in Syria has raged since February 2011, claiming an estimated 230,000 lives and making about 4 million people into refugees. RT reported.


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