The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency warned of grave danger posed by “highly radicalized” ISIS women and children returning from Syria and Iraq, German media reports.
Some of these children “have been brainwashed in schools inside the ISIS territories and are radicalized to a great degree,” said Hans-Georg Maassen, President of Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany’s equivalent of FBI.
The statement by Germany’s top intelligence official comes just days after German newspapers revealed Merkel government’s plans to bring back children of German ISIS fighters that are presently in detention in Iraq.
German Foreign Ministry cited “humanitarian considerations and Germany’s duty to protect its citizens” to justify its decision to bring back the relatives of German terrorists who left the country to join the ISIS terror militia in Syria and Iraq. According to local media reports, some of these children hold “ISIS birth certificates.”
German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported the statement made by the domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen:
Germany's intelligence chief has warned that the wives and children of German "IS" fighters could pose a risk when they return home. A third of the 950 Germans who have traveled to fight for "IS" have returned.
Hans-Georg Maassen, Germany's domestic intelligence chief, warned on Sunday that many of the wives and children of German "Islamic State" (IS) fighters "identify deeply" with jihadism and would pose a major security risk if they return home. (...)
"There are children who have been brainwashed and highly radicalized at 'schools' in IS-held areas," Maassen said. "It's a problem for us because many of these kids and teenagers can sometimes be dangerous.
Regarding the repatriation of women from IS-held areas, the BfV chief warned that many "had become so radicalized and identify so deeply with IS-ideology that, by all accounts, they must also be identified as jihadis."
Some 1,000 German Islamists have left the country to join the Islamic State. Collapse of the ISIS Caliphate means that many of these terrorists and their families will soon be on their way back to Germany.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of open borders for illegal migrants, most of them fighting-age men from Arab and Muslim countries, has also boosted Islamist mobilization inside the country. According to official German statistics, intelligence analysts have raised the number of Islamists operating in the country from 8,350 in 2015 to 10,100 earlier this year.
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is already monitoring at least 500 ISIS returnees. Following the imminent collapse of Islamic State in the Middle East that number is expected to rise sharply.
Instead of putting these retuning terrorists before a war tribunal for crimes against humanities, many of these Islamist war criminals will end up drawing welfare payments and other social benefits. According to Germany’s Chief Federal Prosecutor, majority of these ISIS war criminals will never face any charges in the country, citing lack of evidence against them.