The deportation of imprisoned Islamists announced by the Turkish government should particularly affect Berlin – one of the current jihadists is from the German capital. It is about Tagesspiegel information about Benjamin Xu, 29 years old.
Xu was sentenced to life imprisonment for the deaths of Turkish policemen in 2016. He is said to have traveled from Syria to Istanbul with two other jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) in March 2014 when the trio was put in traffic control. The three IS men fired immediately and threw hand grenades: two policemen died.
Berlin IS followers visited Fussilet Mosque
Xu is believed to have cooperated with the Turkish authorities after his arrest. At the time it was said in court that the Berliner had once traveled to a camp of the notorious "Junud al Sham" in Syria, a terrorist group consisting primarily of Chechens, whose supporters later often joined the IS. During the trial, Turkish media quoted Xu as saying that he and his father had visited the Berlin "Fussilet Mosque", where they were enthusiastic about the war in Syria.
Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) banned the "Fussilet 33" in February 2017. Former Fussilet activists were sentenced in July 2017 in Berlin for "package holidays in the jihad" to prison terms, it was about help for just that "Junud al Sham". The Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri visited the mosque regularly before he carried out the massacre at Breitscheidplatz in December 2016.
A spokesman for the senator said on Sunday that there was no indication of when and who should be transferred from Turkey to Germany. Basically, prepare yourself for dealing with IS returnees. The interior administration involved the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, police stations, district offices and social services. Not against every returnee, there is a warrant, which affects mainly women from the IS-dominion.
All returnees, said Geisels spokesman, needed individual immediate care and a coordinated long-term support. As reported, an (former) IS supporter returned to Berlin with her child in October.
For permanent observation of a threat 25 officers are needed
Officials point out that in Berlin there is still a "high double-digit number" of Islamist perpetrators – that is, men who are suspected of being attacked. Half of them should not be German citizens. To permanently monitor a threat, a team of 25 police officers is needed.
In Syria, a large number of IS fighters escaped after Turkish troops attacked the Kurdish autonomous region. The Federal Criminal Police Office has registered at least 111 people who have traveled to IS from Germany and are currently detained in camps in Syria and Iraq. Three quarters of them are German citizens. Security experts also say that the whereabouts of around 120 German IS fighters and supporters, including 25 women, are unknown.