Federal government: “conceptless in dealing with is supporters”

Federal Government:'konzeptlos im umgang mit is-anhangern'

Detention center in derek, northern syria, where is jihadists attempted an escape in april. Image: anf

Criticism in view of 160 disappeared german is supporters. In paris, together with european partners, a special international court is being considered as a solution

The german is fighters are a sensitive ie for politicians. It is touched, if at all, only with pointed fingers. In february, for example, interior minister seehofer, who always keeps a close eye on public sentiment, signaled that germany was fundamentally in favor of the "admission of the jihadist adherents" was ready. But he also stressed that he had "did not want to take in dangerous people".

In his statement, seehofer took up an argument that was often made during the discussion four months ago: that other countries are expected to take back asylum seekers as well, "who have committed crimes in germany or who pose a danger are taken back by their countries of origin".

Intentions and gaps

Every single case had to be examined in order to ensure security, according to the minister of the interior. In mid-february, it was announced that the german government was currently examining how jihadists who had left for syria and iraq could be brought to justice in germany. What has happened in the matter since then is unclear. Headlines were made by family members who are trying to go through the courts through lawyers. But these cases are not about is supporters who took part in fights.

Today, a response from the german government is reported, illustrating how opaque the "gelande" is. More than 160 german supporters of the is terror militia were found to be missing clues to their whereabouts, fdp secretary general linda teuteberg has learned in response to her query. "The federal government does not know the whereabouts of many of the islamists who left for syria or northern iraq", the sz summarizes the situation.

The figures provided on this are sketchy. According to the welt am sonntag, which has the german government’s response, the following is said to be true "over the years" 1050 islamists have left germany for combat zones in syria and iraq. About one third is said to be back in the federal republic of germany. 220 are said to be "according to indications" have lost their lives there.

According to these treasures, the whereabouts of about 500 people are unclear. The newspaper has learned from government circles that about 120 detainees are in prison "with a connection to germany" are in captivity in the region. Even then, there would still be a gap, since the government reports only 160 german supporters of the terrorist militia, for whom there is no evidence.

The wording "with reference to germany" points to another lucke – on how many among is supporters actually have german citizenship, which is legally crucial (homesickness in the islamic state). According to a newspaper report, the government ames that two-thirds of those who left for syria and iraq have german citizenship.

The number of is supporters who left germany for syria or iraq and actively participated in fighting there is estimated in the "lower three-digit range" suspects.


Obviously, the answer of the federal government is interested in making the problem as little dramatic as possible, to put it this way. At one point, for example, she informs us that a large proportion of the islamists who left germany were probably killed in fighting: just "occasionally, these individuals could have managed to abscond and/or go into hiding", let it be known. On the other hand, berlin does not want to draw any conclusions about a particular threat to germany:

In view of the various measures (among others, wanted notices or entry bans), which make an uncontrolled re-entry much more difficult, it is amed that an entry without the knowledge of the german security authorities should remain the exceptional case in the future as well.

From the response of the federal government

Fdp politician teuteberg is not convinced by this appeasement. The eu’s external borders are only protected in a very patchy manner. She urges the lack of special measures to prevent uncontrolled re-entry, without detailing what these should look like.

The government fundamentally lacks a concept for dealing with former is fighters from germany, it criticizes. It is neither known how to deal with is fighters captured in northern syria, nor how to deal with the "over 200 former is supporters" is to be proceeded with, "who are now back in germany".

According to the french publication mediapart, the lack of concept could also be explained – at least in part – by the fact that behind the scenes work is being done on a "international slogan" is being worked on. The magazine reports on indications that the french minister of foreign affairs, jean-yves le drian, has recently suggested an internationally supported jurisdiction on the ground ("sur zone") gave.

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