Terrorism

Germany watching 90 suspicious mosques with possible ties to terrorism

germanmuslimsOn Monday, the Daily Caller reported that Germany’s internal intelligence agency is now watching 90 suspicious mosque communities that could have ties to terrorist organizations.

The Daily Caller added:

BfV President Hans-Georg Maassen revealed the agency is increasing surveillance in “predominately Arabic-speaking” Muslim communities. This includes so-called “backyard mosques” where unauthorized, self-proclaimed imams teach extremist values.

“What we need here in Germany is a coalition against extremism,” Maassen said Monday on German public broadcaster ARD. “And for that, we need the Muslims in Germany, the moderates, who want to fight with us against extremism on the basis of our constitutional order.”

“We are concerned that there are many Islamic mosques in Germany that we also need to examine,” Maassen said.  “Naturally, we are looking into IS,” he said, adding that the reason for the surveillance are possible links to ISIS.

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“Islamic extremism, and jihadism in Germany is not possible without al-Quaeda and IS,” he added, while saying that authorities are not monitoring Muslims in the country.

“A minority of sleeper cells belong to ISIS. Others belong to other so-called Islamist groups,” added investigator Michael Opperskalski,  “and some of them are supported by the German government.”

In April, Maassen admitted that German authorities underestimated ISIS’ strategies to enter the country.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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