Early Wednesday in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany arrested four ISIS members who were plotting to attack U.S. military bases. All of the men were from Tajikistan, and joined ISIS in January of 2019. A 5th man who had been in detention since last year was also believed to be part of the plot. (Stripes)
“German authorities say police have arrested four suspected members of the Islamic State group alleged to be planning an attack on American military facilities.” https://t.co/M6A5NYEgPJ
— JR Thatcher 📈 (@JrThatcher) April 15, 2020
#Germany has detained 5 suspected #ISIS members alleged to be planning a #terrorist attack on American military facilities. Four of the suspects – all from #Tajikistan – were arrested early on April 15 in North Rhine-Westphalia. https://t.co/lm0pWtwXUE
— Tanya Kanunnikova (@TanyaKanunniko1) April 15, 2020
The men were identified as Azizjon B., Muhammadali G., Farhodshoh K. and Sunatullokh K.. The surnames were withheld. The 5th man was in jail since last year on firearms charges and was identified as Ravsan B – he is considered to be the leader of the group.
The arrests, by tactical arms teams, were made early on Wednesday. Apartments, as well as six other locations, were targeted in the dawn raids in the western German cities of Essen, Neuss and Siegen, as well as the district of Heinsberg.
The suspects, who are due to be charged with membership of a terrorist organization, were reported to have been between the ages of 24 and 32.
German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the men’s alleged leader, a 30-year-old Tajik man identified only as Ravsan B., has been in prison on firearms charges since last year.
Ravsan B., who was alleged to be financing the attacks after accepting a $40,000 contract to assassinate someone in Albania, was said to have already ordered materials to build an explosive device.
Prosecutors said the men swore allegiance to IS in early 2019, and that they had contacts with high-ranking figures from the group in both Syria and Afghanistan.
German authorities did not release which American military bases were targeted, but they did state that the group already had firearms and ammunition with which to carry out the attacks. Their alleged leader ordered the explosive components for a bomb.
So ISIS is not totally gone. They’re still around and requiring security forces all over the world to respond to the threat of violence against not just the US, but other countries as well.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robyn Thayer, 86th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, verifies an individual’s ID before granting them access to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on March 24, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)