Germany recently admitted they do not know where the Jihadis are, and also confessed having “no plan” to deal with 120 others who are locked up in the Middle East.
A new intelligence report
released by Angela Merkel’s German government found that, of the 1,000 Germans who travelled to join the group, 350 have returned.
Some of those are in German jails, while others await trial, but others were able to get back into Germany and go into hiding.
Of those that have not returned, some have died while others remain in Kurdish prisons in Syria and Iraq.
The report says that the returnees could pose a significant security risk. “In principle, it must be assumed that Islamist attitudes prevail in most cases”, it says.
“Their ability to move inconspicuously in Western countries, from the jihadi groups’ perspective, predestines the returnees to plan and commit attacks in their home countries.”
Many of the attacks to have hit Germany and other Western countries in recent years have been carried out by people pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
Steve Alter, a spokesman for the German government, has said the government faces a big challenge in bringing former ISIS soldiers to justice.
Trying other former fighters in Germany has proved difficult in the past, owing to high standards of evidence, such as photos or social media accounts, demanded in German law.
The German parliament has now passed laws that strips Germans with dual nationality of their citizenship if they join foreign terrorist militias.
Frank Jensen, who writes about extremism for German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, told Fox News that each inmate must be thoroughly investigated in Syria or Iraq before they can be brought to trial in Germany.
“We have a huge danger from Islamic terror in Germany, and many people don’t want them to come back.”
“I don’t know whether the government is willing to accept a lengthy de-radicalization program”, he added.
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