A German rapper-turned-Islamic State terrorist, who briefly married a rogue FBI translator hired to investigate him, has been killed in Syria, Germany public broadcaster Deutsche Welle confirmed. Denis Cuspert, who performed under the stage name Deso Dogg, had converted to Islam seven years ago and taken the Muslim name Abu Talha al-Almani.
In 2012, Cuspert left Germany to join the jihadi terrorists in the Middle East and quickly rose through the ranks of the Islamic State (ISIS), becoming widely regarded as one of the leading recruiters for the group and the top spokesman to German-speaking Islamic sympathizers.
In a bizarre twist of events, the FBI translator assigned to his case went rogue and traveled to Syria in 2014 to marry the rapper-turned-jihadi terrorist. The FBI translator, a convert to Islam, ended up serving a short prison time of two years under a plea deal.
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle covered the details of Cuspert’s death:
Denis Cuspert, a former Berlin rapper known in jihadi circles as "the German," has been killed in Syria, a pro "Islamic State" (IS) media site website reported.
SITE intelligence group, a US-based company that tracks online extremist media, reported that pro-IS Wafa Media announced the death of the Berlin-born former rapper who used to go by the stage name "Deso Dogg."
Cuspert was previously reported killed by a US airstrike in Syria in 2015, before the Pentagon backtracked and said he was only wounded.
Wafa Media released photos of Cuspert's bloody dead body, saying he was killed on January 17 in Deir al-Zour province in eastern Syria.
Rita Katz, the director of SITE intelligence, wrote on Twitter that although IS did not confirm Cuspert's death, the Wafa report appeared credible.
"Despite there being previous reports of Cuspert's death, this one seems more compelling: various details, photos, etc. Wafa Media's report could very well turn out to be true," she wrote. (…)
The half-Ghanaian, half-German was born in Berlin's Kreuzberg district. After pursuing a rap career for several years, around 2009 Cuspert renounced music after converting to Islam and mingling in Salafist circles.
“We must scourge the world of non-believers. We must wage Holy War [Jihad] because it is our duty to Allah,” Cuspert can be seen saying on ISIS propaganda videos addressing Islamist sympathizers in Germany. “The world will convert to Islam or it will perish.”
It should come as no surprise that Cuspert was exposed to the Jihadi ideology while living in Berlin. In recent years, the German capital has turned into a major Islamist hub in Europe. According to the German domestic intelligence service BfV, the city’s Islamist scene has tripled in the last six years. The spy agency is monitoring some 950 Islamists in Berlin, a German media report published earlier this week revealed.
Thanks to Germany’s open borders policy, the number of Islamists in the country is now at a record high. In December 2017, 10,800 Islamists were under the scanner of the BfV intelligence service, compared to 9,700 in the previous year.