Back during the war in Lebanon in the 1980′s there were reports that Europeans were drifting into Beirut to engage in senseless killing as snipers around the green line. Apparently these people were psychopaths just looking for an excuse to shoot someone. The more things change… -Jack
German security officials believe that a number of Germans have teamed up with radical Islamists on the frontlines in Syria. What worries them most are the training and ties they’ve gained abroad — and whether they’ll continue the jihad once home.
The trail of Ibrahim R. ran cold in March 2013. The young man from the southwestern German town of Pforzheim had already appeared on the radar of the German domestic intelligence agency when he participated in demonstrations with other Salafists in Germany. But then he got on a bus headed for Turkey and disappeared. Authorities suspect he is now fighting in Syria. The police were able to block his first attempt to enter Syria with a group of fellow Muslim extremists. But now they classify him among those who have made their way or are in transit to Syria.
The case of Ibrahim R. is one of many precarious movements being closely followed by German security officials. Though outside the view of the public, the issue has long been treated as a domestic priority. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview Thursday, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich officially confirmed for the first time that there were German “jihadists” in Syria. Friedrich particularly expressed concern about “calls for those Europeans who have been trained in battle (in Syria) to return home and pursue jihad.”
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And where is GSG-9 or any of the German SOF that should be smokechecking these German Salafists??? Syria needs some type of low-key (but larger than how it is at the moment) US/UK SOF incursion in order to bring to bear a bit more for the OGA and PMCs on the ground there. The rebels would welcome it (from what it sounds like to me anyway). Passing more guns to random Syrian groups (ok ok...not "random", but who knows where they'll end up)... I say we keep about two Spooky's on station with a coupel twin Bushmasters, a few more JSTARs on scene just in case, and about ten dozen Reapers and other ISR platforms that can maybe shift the balance a bit more...after that, we quietly mop up with Arab-American OGA and/or CAG elements that move quietly amongst the carnage and chaos, and just smoothly and calmly advance to "indian country" central, and just smoke the main medium-to-moderately HVTs and then, if possible, put a B2 over Assad's last kown pos, let him know he has ten min to call it quits, or drop whatever we got thats small enough (yet f**kin nuts enough) to imitate a MOAB and that fits on a B2. That would be one way of doing it....
This support for "rebels" didn't work in Afghanistan in the 80s, in Libya or Egypt ....why is it that Western governments continue to think they can change the views of these muslims???? It is dangerous and ridiculoously stupid. Let them fight on their and mind our own damn business!
I am feeling distinctly uncomfortable about the UK government stance on this. And support of the so called rebel forces.The "Rebel" forces are fractured in to various religious and political groups. The idea of a democratic multi cultural and religious Syria has passed. This is defiantly one conflict that we don't want to get involved in. The reasons are many, but also this isn't some distant land it is on the door step of Europe one hour flight time from Italy. Many young idealistic Muslims living in Europe will find it easy to pass its porous borders through Turkey etc And gain terrorist training and then return to reak havoc in Europe. If we do nothing at least we can work with Russia and other allies to stem the flow of arms. But to re-equip the rebel forces now would be suicidal.
...I am afraid that Syria is turning out to be Woodstock for radical Moslems. Just as the Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War got hijacked by Soviet controlled operatives... so too the popular uprising against the Syrian government is changing its complexion. When this all ends we may not like what we see.
Rockbond I especially like his left hand position. Misfeed, anyone?