FIVE individuals allegedly linked with Daesh have been arrested following a number of raids in Germany on Tuesday November 8, all of whom are believed to have been involved in recruiting jihadists in Germany and assisting them to travel to areas of conflict.
According to the German authorities, one of the men was identified as a well-known Iraqi who runs a Facebook page under the name of Abu Walaa and is known in English as ‘the preacher without a face.’
It appears that the decision to act against these five men who include a Turk, a German, a Cameroonian and a German-Serb was taken following information received from a former jihadist who fled Syria to Turkey and then returned to Germany and has suggested that Abu Walaa in particular was a major German contact for Daesh.
The raids were on apartments around Germany and a mosque near Hanover which has a reputation of containing supporters of the terrorist organisation and whilst all of the men have denied terrorist activity, the preacher without a face has allegedly appeared in many YouTube videos with his back to the camera promoting the cause of Daesh.
This is the second crack down on suspected Daesh supporters in the last week with a Syrian arrested in Berlin, suspected of planning a terrorist attack in that country.