Germany: Iraqi Imam Part of Alleged Islamic State Recruitment Gang

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Police men control arriving visitors at the entrance to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival area at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to …
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BERLIN (AP) — A suspected representative of the Islamic State group in Germany goes on trial in the northern city of Celle on terrorism charges.

The 33-year-old Iraqi citizen and four fellow suspects are accused of membership in a terrorist organization, terror financing and public incitement to commit crimes.

Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah A., who goes by the alias Abu Walaa, allegedly recruited young Muslims in Germany, and raised funds to send them to Syria and Iraq to join IS.

The four co-defendants also went on trial Tuesday in Celle.

Abu Walaa was the imam at a radical mosque in the northern city of Hildesheim, and also organized “Islam seminars” at mosques elsewhere in Germany.

The five men were arrested in November.

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