German Police raid mosque over suspected financing of Syria fighter
December 18, 2018 | Brainwave Science
German police raided a mosque and other buildings in Berlin on Tuesday morning related to suspected terror financing. This included the As-Sahaba mosque in the Berlin neighborhood of Wedding. One of the main suspects was identified as Ahmad A. A.K.A. Abul Baraa., an imam at the mosque.
The 45-year-old is suspected of sending money to an Islamist fighter in Syria for the purchase of military equipment to carry out terrorist criminal acts.
Authorities did not immediately release further details about the raids or provide further details about when the alleged money transfer took place. The As-Sahaba mosque is under surveillance by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency and is considered an important meeting point for members of Germany’s radical Salafist scene.
The mosque was founded in 2010 by the German-Egyptian Islamist Reda Seyam, who is accused of taking part in a terror attack in Bali, according to the paper. He later left Germany to travel to Syria to become the education minister for the Islamic State (IS) group.
In order to facilitate terrorist attacks, radicals and sympathizers from around the globe sponsor terror organisations. Most of the money transferred by the financiers is in small amounts to avoid raising any suspicion from both governments and financial institutions. It is very difficult for the authorities to track the money and recipients. Terrorist organizations resort to novel ways like payment through crypto-currencies like bitcoin and peer-to-peer payments on social networks. These transactions are almost untraceable since they take place on the dark side of the internet.
The German government is increasingly concerned about the number of its nationals becoming terrorists directly or indirectly. Potential Islamic militants are known individuals whose activities have aroused suspicions and concerns by the authorities in Germany, posing a direct threat to national security and public safety because of their support for terrorism. As a result, they are being monitored by German law enforcement agencies, although this is not always possible when some of them travel abroad.
Like any operation and organization, money gets the ball rolling. The same is true for terrorism. By being able to disrupt the flow of money, counter-terrorism agencies can strangle the organisations and stop it in its tracks. The agencies try to follow the money trail in order to expose the game and also the players.
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Main Source: Reuters
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