Germany Arrests Syrian Suspected Islamic State Member

Police officers of a special unit escort Iraqi asylum seeker Ali Bashar, who is suspected of having killed a German teenage girl, from a helicopter to the police headquarters in Wiesbaden, western Germany, after he was flown back from Erbil to Germany on June 9, 2018. - The 20-year-old man …
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BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a Syrian man suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group and spreading propaganda for the extremist organization.

The federal prosecutors’ office said the 22-year-old, identified only as Esmail A.A. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested Thursday in the eastern state of Saxony.

It said the suspect posted numerous pieces of IS propaganda in WhatsApp chat groups that he described as a “news agency,” starting in September, and in two cases instructions on how to participate in IS.

Prosecutors say he shared material depicting scenes of IS captives being tortured and executed.

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