Germany Admits to Losing Track of 160 ISIS Fighters Who Returned from Syria
German Government confesses to having 'no plan' for 120 captured Jihadists
The German Government had admitted to losing track of 160 ISIS fighters, who traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State, before returning to Germany.
Officials also confessed to having "no plan" for the 120 Jihadists that have been captured and are currently being held in the Middle East.
According to a newly published intelligence report, Angela Merkel’s government found that, of the 1,000 German nationals who traveled to join the group, 350 have returned.
While some of these ISIS members have been apprehended, currently in German jails awaiting trial, many were able to get back into Germany and escape the authorities.
Of those that haven't returned, some died in battle while others remain in Kurdish prisons in Iraq and Syria.
The intel report states that the returnees could pose a significant security risk.
“In principle, it must be assumed that Islamist attitudes prevail in most cases,” the report warns.
“Their ability to move inconspicuously in Western countries, from the jihadi groups’ perspective, predestines the returnees to plan and commit attacks in their home countries.”
Many of the attacks to have hit Germany and other Western countries in recent years have been carried out by people pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
Steve Alter, a spokesman for the German government, has said the government faces a big challenge in bringing former ISIS soldiers to justice.
Trying other former fighters in Germany has proved difficult in the past, owing to high standards of evidence, such as photos or social media accounts, demanded in German law.
The German parliament has now passed legislation that strips Germans with dual nationality of their citizenship if they join foreign terrorist militias.
Frank Jensen, who writes about extremism for German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, told Fox News that each prisoner must be thoroughly investigated in Syria or Iraq before they can be brought to trial in Germany.
“We have a huge danger from Islamic terror in Germany, and many people don’t want them to come back.”
“I don’t know whether the government is willing to accept a lengthy de-radicalization program,” he added.