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Secret agent: “The next big battlefield is Europe”


A very interesting interview with people working “behind the scenes”.

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Lorenz Berger’s face is still pale. His week as a captive of the terrorist militia “Islamic State” has left marks. His back hurts from the gun and baton blows he received for the cross pendant on his necklace. The contaminated water which he had to drink still causes him stomach cramps. Berger is not his real name, and he can handle extreme conditions. He is an ex-soldier and has been in the Middle East for a while working for different European secret services, more or less as a freelance agent.

But during those days in Northern Syria, he did not think he would come out alive. Bombs from the dictator Assad’s air force fell on them. Panic broke out among Berger’s tormentors. When he saw one of them dead in the corner, Berger grabbed his rifle, storming off, shooting himself a passage. “I can still see the surprise in the eyes of those men,” he remembers. “But when they saw me, it was too late for them.”

That was ten days ago. Berger is sitting in an airport hotel in Istanbul, waiting for someone from the IS, with whom he gets on a little better. He wants to know who sold him to the men in Syria. Around lunchtime his contact, Raduan, enters the lobby. Berger has not seen him for a long time. Now he learns why: Raduan was in Tanzania, but the authorities have just expelled him.

Islamism is settling in Europe

The reason (for the expulsion) Raduan holds in his hand. It is a Bulgarian passport. He wanted to use it for his flight from Dar es Salaam to a Scandinavian country, and from there on to Germany. “The passport was completely authentic” says Berger. “Only his real owner was dead. And the photo really bore very little resemblance to Raduan” he added with a grin. When he speaks next with Raduan on Skype, Berger is back at home in a peaceful EU country. The Syrian is already back in Bulgaria, in a safe house, set up by allies of the IS, and is waiting for his new passport. Today he might already be in Germany.

And Berger realises that the war, which earns him money far away from home, is gradually following him home. That is why he is telling this story. Because there something has started which frightens him.

Almost exactly one year ago, on 29 June 2014, the IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed his caliphate. He declared himself as the successor of the prophet Muhammad and started a new, highly explosive terrorist project: Instead of attacking their avowed enemy on his territory, the IS was looking for a territory of their own in order to create their own government.

Arab fighters are smuggled in

An Islamist dream empire with brutal punishments and slave markets, beyond the traditional Islam. A heavily armed simulation of a state instead of spectacular terrorist attacks as made by the old star performers of al-Qaida. But now the IS seem to be preparing a new, additional strategy: Numerous indications suggest that IS systematically smuggle Arab fighters into Europe. Overtly, they set up networks. And it is certain that they want war. The IS is expanding the war all over Europe.

This may seem illogical at first glance. In Syria and Iraq, the terrorist militia is under tremendous pressure, and has lost at least 25 percent of its territory. But the basic principle of their warfare is: the more enemies, the better. This is less a sober calculation as a an ideology of salvation. Because, according to the doomsday theory of IS, it is exactly a total war which will bring humanity closer to the Last Day and so to Paradise. “Defeats are part of the war…” says a German IS-fighter, “Time will prove it and in the end we will be the big winners.”

It was just last April, in a video, that the Berlin Ex-rapper Deso Dogg, who is now fighting for IS, threatened attacks by “sleepers”. That’s what terrorists are called who secretly and over years prepare attacks under the guise of a normal life, and are ready to execute them any time on command. “Such IS sleeper cells already exist in Europe,” says Ioannis Michaletos from the Greek Institute for Security and Defence Analysis. “Attacks are only a matter of time.” Were the bloody attacks on the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and a kosher grocery store in Paris in January or the Islamist terrorist attack in February in Copenhagen just the beginning? Just this week British Prime Minister David Cameron warned of “terrible” attacks, planned for the UK by IS’ followers in Syria.

Terrorists among Syrian refugees

The Greek expert on terrorism and organized crime is a good source on the subject. Because he lives almost directly in the transit area of terror. The Greek authorities have unmasked several Islamist networks over the last year. A Syrian woman was holding 300,000 euros but refused to explain their origin. Multiple weapons and ammunition were confiscated. For the secret IS agents, Greece is obviously one of the main gateways to Europe. Here they have the perfect camouflage: the immense masses of their fleeing victims. 200,000 Syrian refugees have been brought to Europe so far, and among them a large number of IS members, according to Michaletos, whose homeland is a major refuge for people from the war-torn country.

If one combines his knowledge with research in Syria and Turkey and hints from EU countries, three main routes taken by IS-members to reach Europe become clear: The first leads from Syria over the Bosphorus to Greece. This is the same way the thousands of Syrian refugees take. The second route runs through the chaotic mini-states of the former Yugoslavia.


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