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muriel_volestrangler

(101,582 posts)
Thu Apr 27, 2017, 10:19 AM Apr 2017

German soldier 'posed as Syrian asylum-seeker to carry out terror attack and blame it on refugees'

Source: Daily Telegraph

An officer in the German army who spent more than a year posing as a Syrian refugee has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack.
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Police are believed to be working on the theory that the officer, who has a history of expressing anti-foreigner views, planned to carry out a “false flag” terror attack and blame it on refugees.
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The officer first came to the authorities’ attention in February, when he was arrested by Austrian police after being caught trying to hide a gun in a toilet at Vienna airport.
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Prosectors were at a loss to explain how he was able to register as a Syrian asylum-seeker despite the fact he speaks no Arabic and is not believed to be of Syrian origin. The authorities raised no suspicion at the time of his application.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/27/german-soldier-spent-year-posing-syrian-refugee-arrested-suspicion/



This is really screwed up. Not an Arabic speaker, but able to register as a refugee, given a place in a shelter and was apparently paid some benefits too; all while he's a lieutenant in the German Army. Then he is caught trying to hid a gun in an airport, and they let him walk away! They only arrested him 2 months later.

If it were a TV series plot, I'd have called it too far-fetched ...
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German soldier 'posed as Syrian asylum-seeker to carry out terror attack and blame it on refugees' (Original Post) muriel_volestrangler Apr 2017 OP
does make you wonder... renegade000 Apr 2017 #1
Maybe he also lit the Reichstag fire. nt Lucky Luciano Apr 2017 #2
really screwed up. What bothered me is when trump authorised FAIL-raid, killed Mom & infant... Sunlei Apr 2017 #3
Did he really act on his own? IronLionZion Apr 2017 #4
I have Syrian inlaws cannabis_flower Apr 2017 #5
Former Indiana Republican governor Mitch Daniels is Syrian IronLionZion Apr 2017 #8
Have you seen cannabis_flower Apr 2017 #11
Nice! Here's their channel with the higher resolution vids IronLionZion Apr 2017 #13
Also.. cannabis_flower Apr 2017 #12
They're Lebanese but close enough IronLionZion Apr 2017 #14
Actually.. cannabis_flower Apr 2017 #15
A lot of "Middle Eastern" people don't look like swarthy, scimitar - waving maniacs.... MADem Apr 2017 #7
Yup, his grandparents are from Aleppo, Syria IronLionZion Apr 2017 #9
Amen to your last sentence treestar Apr 2017 #6
Seems too nefarious. Was he paid? truthisfreedom Apr 2017 #10
German defense minister cancels U.S. trip to focus on officer's arrest Eugene May 2017 #16
Can I apply for refugee status in Germany? Blue_Tires May 2017 #17

Sunlei

(22,651 posts)
3. really screwed up. What bothered me is when trump authorised FAIL-raid, killed Mom & infant...
Thu Apr 27, 2017, 11:18 AM
Apr 2017

claimed her as a terrorist kill.

IronLionZion

(45,886 posts)
4. Did he really act on his own?
Thu Apr 27, 2017, 12:10 PM
Apr 2017

or did someone more official assign him to do this?

This also draws attention to the fact that if a German can pose as a Syrian refugee, then maybe Syrian refugees don't quite look like what many racists envision and they can maybe lay off some of the racism against brown people. A lot of Syrians look like Europeans.

cannabis_flower

(3,779 posts)
5. I have Syrian inlaws
Thu Apr 27, 2017, 01:39 PM
Apr 2017

who came to the US in the 1920s. They generally have light olive complections similar to Italians and many have blue or hazel eyes. Some have dark hair but there are others that have sandy colored hair.

IronLionZion

(45,886 posts)
8. Former Indiana Republican governor Mitch Daniels is Syrian
Thu Apr 27, 2017, 02:33 PM
Apr 2017

Teri Hatcher, Steve Jobs, Paula Abdul, F. Murray Abraham, Kelly Slater, and many more

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Americans#Notable_people

A lot of racists can't handle the subtle nuances of olive complexions and blue or hazel eyes or sandy hair. So they just discriminate against brown people to keep things simple.

Every time some terrorist attack is in the news, some completely unrelated brown people get beat up or killed by racists. This often happens to people with Indian heritage, like Sikhs.

cannabis_flower

(3,779 posts)
15. Actually..
Thu Apr 27, 2017, 06:50 PM
Apr 2017

at the time that they left, or shortly thereafter, Lebanon was part of Syria.

Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years, in a region known as Greater Syria, until 1918 when the area became a part of the French Mandate of Syria following World War I. On September 1, 1920, France formed the State of Greater Lebanon as one of several ethnic enclaves within Syria.


http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question94065.html


I believe my relatives call themselves Syrian but they were actually from the area that became Lebanon.

MADem

(135,425 posts)
7. A lot of "Middle Eastern" people don't look like swarthy, scimitar - waving maniacs....
Thu Apr 27, 2017, 02:27 PM
Apr 2017

But you can't convince wingnuts of this.

Jerry Seinfeld, for example, is of SYRIAN heritage--who knew????


http://stars.topix.com/slideshow/15472

IronLionZion

(45,886 posts)
9. Yup, his grandparents are from Aleppo, Syria
Thu Apr 27, 2017, 02:40 PM
Apr 2017

which is the epicenter of the refugee crisis today.

A lot of the immigrants who came to America long ago were Jewish and Christian due to favorable conditions for those groups back in the day. Bigots in other countries have been telling Christians to go to America and Jews to go to Israel/America for a very long time. It has stepped up in recent times as radical right wing politicians have gained power. This is among the reasons why some racist Republicans are willing to allow Christian refugees to come over but not Muslims or other religions.

Eugene

(62,094 posts)
16. German defense minister cancels U.S. trip to focus on officer's arrest
Tue May 2, 2017, 12:18 PM
May 2017

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS | Tue May 2, 2017 | 11:04am EDT

German defense minister cancels U.S. trip to focus on officer's arrest

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday canceled a visit to the United States to focus on the arrest of an army officer suspected of planning a racially motivated attack, the ministry said.

Von der Leyen had planned to travel to New York and Washington on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings with U.N. officials and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"The minister's top priority is to clear up the circumstances in the case of First Lieutenant A. from Illkirch," the ministry said in a statement, referring to the French town south of Strasbourg where the officer was stationed with a German army brigade.

Germany's chief federal prosecutor's office on Tuesday said it had taken over the case from state prosecutors, with a spokesman citing "preliminary indications of preparations for a serious attack against the state".

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-security-army-usa-idUSKBN17Y1EK
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