Germany: Arrests, raids against suspected Daesh supporters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays her respects to the victims by laying flowers as she visits the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in western Berlin’s main shopping district on Dec. 12, 2017, almost a year after an Islamist attacker hijacked a truck and plowed into shoppers. (AFP/dpa/Michael Kappeler)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Germany: Arrests, raids against suspected Daesh supporters

BERLIN: Authorities in Germany have arrested two suspected Daesh supporters and conducted raids in the capital in connection with the group.
Prosecutors said Thursday that police arrested two Palestinian men Tuesday in the central German city of Salzgitter. The two 21-year-old men, who were not named, had threatened online to commit attacks and spread jihadi material “in order to create a climate of insecurity and fear.”
Separately, prosecutors in Berlin said authorities are conducting searches across the city as part of investigations into people traveling from Germany to join Daesh.
The Berlin daily B.Z. reported the suspects have been linked Anis Amri, the Tunisian who drove a stolen truck into a Berlin Christmas market last year, killing 12 people and injuring dozens. Amri was shot dead by Italian police days later.


US general shot in last week’s Taliban attack

Airman 1st Class Italia Sampson closes a vehicle holding a transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. James A. Slape at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP)
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US general shot in last week’s Taliban attack

  • Smiley was assigned in the summer to lead a Kandahar-based command with a mission to train and advise Afghan security forces

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has confirmed that US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders in Kandahar province last week.
US military spokesman Cmdr. Grant W. Neeley provided no other details. The Washington Post reported earlier Sunday that Smiley was recovering after suffering at least one gunshot wound while he was inside the Kandahar governor’s compound.
The Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials Thursday in an attack on a security conference attended by the top US military commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. He escaped injury.
Smiley was assigned in the summer to lead a Kandahar-based command with a mission to train and advise Afghan security forces and help with counterterrorism operations in southern Afghanistan.