Egypt replaces Waziristan as main training centre for militants: Report

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Published: June 11, 2013
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Egypt replaces Waziristan as the main centre for training militants, according to German intelligence. PHOTO: FILE

Egypt replaces Waziristan as the main centre for training militants, according to German intelligence. PHOTO: FILE

BERLIN: A new German intelligence report presented on Tuesday showed that Egypt had replaced Waziristan as the main centre for the training of militants.

German intelligence voiced concern over the growing number of ultra-conservative Islamic extremists in the country, some of whom are swelling militant ranks abroad, while warning of an increasingly violent German extreme right.

“Salafism is a particularly rapidly growing and extremely worrying group within the extremist movement,” Hans-Georg Maassen, head of domestic intelligence, told a news conference as he presented his agency’s 2012 annual report.

Extremists in Germany numbered 42,550 in 2012, according to surveillance services, and the number grew to 4,500 from 3,800 in a year, he said.

Maassen added that while not all Salafists are militants, it was clear that those who departed Germany for Syria or Egypt were there for that purpose.

“One can say that Salafism is an essential step towards militancy or for people ready to conduct terrorist attacks,” Maassen said.

He also stressed that the number of extremists in Germany did not signify there were “42,500 potential terrorists” in the country.

Still, some 1,000 people including some extremists are considered dangerous and 130 are seen as a particular threat and are monitored around-the-clock.

The intelligence report also showed that Syria is another favoured destination for militants. “We counted more than 60 people who left Germany to fight in Syria,” Maassen said.

In March, Germany banned three extremist groups which officials said aimed to sweep aside democracy and set up a system based on Sharia law.

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  • Freakonomist
    Jun 11, 2013 - 10:31PM

    Our Brothers from Saudi Arabia!! and we have no issues with their extremist faith flourishing in Pakistan. Guys I don’t want your Jannat, I guess God is gracious enough to notice me hereafter.

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  • ali
    Jun 11, 2013 - 11:59PM

    please let us to be no 1 in something………….wait naya pakistan will reclaim this spot for us……..we will break u r record with a bat!!!!!!!!!!

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  • MoPedo
    Jun 12, 2013 - 12:57AM

    Salafism is true Islam

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  • Malik
    Jun 12, 2013 - 4:07AM

    Every sect believes it is the only true Islam and therein lies the fundamental problem. Let me remind you that “minds are like parachutes; they work best when open”. Open your minds and hearts. Leave judgement to the Almighty.

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  • Jun 12, 2013 - 6:58AM

    Every sect believes it is the only true Islam and therein lies the fundamental problem.

    If they didn’t then THAT would be the fundamental problem!

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  • GhostRider
    Jun 12, 2013 - 9:11AM

    @MoPedo:
    This mentality of “I am right, you are wrong” has created the mess we are in. Ok we agree Salafism is the true Islam now please let us in live in peace with whatever we believe in.

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  • ahmed
    Jun 12, 2013 - 10:23AM

    good for us. center point should change, we have been under this spot for too much time, consumed the whole economics, military and psychology of the nation

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  • Gulam Rasool "Kuldeep sharma"
    Jun 12, 2013 - 10:46AM

    @Malik
    Absolutely right Brother, who we are to judge ourselves.

    Gulam Rasool Kuldeep Sharma
    New Delhi

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  • Rashid
    Jun 12, 2013 - 12:31PM

    So it is now Egypt’s turn to be droned.Recommend

  • Randomstranger
    Jun 12, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Good to see Arabs going back to their countries. They enjoy the best standard of livings in the world in their countries(Qatar, Kuwait, Saudiya etc) yet they want others to fight their wars.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Jun 12, 2013 - 3:58PM

    Sad news for Egypt though very good news for Pakistan

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