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Over 60 Germans Among Islamists In Idlib

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Deutsche Welle

Over 60 Germans Among Islamists In Idlib

An analysis of text and video messages from jihadis in Idlib reveals over 60 Germans among their ranks, German media report. Syrian President Bashar Assad is determined to retake the region.

More than 60 Germans are fighting in Idlib, the last stronghold of foreign fighters in northwest Syria, according to reports by the German broadcaster SWR on Sunday.

SWRreviewed transcripts of instant messages sent by the fighters and determined that the individuals are largely members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a group with ties to al-Qaida. At least one person is working with the group Junud al-Sham.

Using messenger apps such as Telegram, the fighters solicited financial aid from supporters back in Germany by way of text, video and voice messages.

"My brothers," a masked man says in a video message, "if you could help, that would be very good. Even if you're in Germany, [by donating] it's as if you've completed jihad."

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/over-60-germans-among-islamists-in-idlib/a-52311152