Islamic State posted pictures on the Internet calling on German Muslims to carry out Brussels-style attacks in Germany, singling out Chancellor Angela Merkel’s offices and the Cologne-Bonn airport as targets, the SITE intelligence group reported.
At the time being, around 2,200 people from Russia are engaged in the fighting in Syria and Iraq. Among them, about 500 came from Europe, where they had earlier obtained citizenship, residence permit or refugee status. We are thoroughly analyzing belligerent statements of IS leaders on transition of the “jihad” to Northern Caucasus and in Central Asia.
Syromolotov also claimed the number is alarming because so many people could possibly come back radicalized and spread their hatred.
“It’s clear that they bring along not only their terrorist potential itself, but also radical ideas, a source for negative ideological impact on the society, especially on its most vulnerable members,” he said.
An American airstrike killed Omar al-Shishani, Islamic State’s War Minister, in early March. Shishani, born Tarkhan Batirashvili in Georgia, recruited others for jihad in his home country before he traveled to Syria and Iraq. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi promoted the red haired, fair-skinned Chechen to military chief. Unlike Baghdadi, Shishani made many public appearances. He appeared prominently in a propaganda video touring a children’s terrorist training camp.