Story of a Ramblin’ Man

Albakr Out and About (FOCUS Online/Wochit)

Interviews with Albakr’s Syria-based brother, Alaa, in the last few days have shed some light on the travels of Jaber, if his details are to be believed.  Alaa starts of by saying that his brother was jailed twice in Syria in 2014, once for a run-in with a soldier at a checkpoint who he felt had disrespected him.  Ten days after his release from that incident (sometime in late November 2014), he departed Syria for Algeria, made his way to Tunisa and then Libya, crossed the Mediterranean to Italy, moved up through Austria, and then entered Germany, where we are able to pick up his story again. Continue reading


German Law Enforcement Comes to Collect Their Man

Jaber Albakr

I happened to be awake when the stories began to break about the capture of Jaber Albakr.  As I’ve read the more detailed accounts in the local press out of Leipzig and other national-level media, I continue to be amazed at the unwarranted self-congratulatory behavior of the authorities. Continue reading

“Keine Panne” Again

Apartment in Usti nad Labem 97

Only last night I wrote about the German authorities’ insistence that their inability to keep track of dangerous Islamists in their territory, even ones already being processed by the German legal system, is not a “breakdown.”  Yet, here we are in the second day of a manhunt for an allegedly IS-trained bomber living as a refugee in Chemnitz, which from all appearances looks to be the result of a botched operation by uncoordinated forces.  When questioned the authorities respond: “keine Panne” (no breakdown). Continue reading

Hannover Islamists Under Strict Observation Or “Andrei… you’ve lost another submarine?”

Ahmed Feredaws A.

During the month of September to the embarrassment of all involved, not one, but two dangerous Islamists (Gefährder) from Hannover were reported to have abruptly disappeared, one of whom has had an exit ban placed on him for over a year.  Reports emerged on September 6 that Ahmed Feredaws A. (24), about whom I’ve previously written, failed to report to police on July 11, two days after his exit ban was renewed for another year.  Since the ban was originally imposed, Ahmed was required to report himself to authorities three times per week; authorities confirmed that he did not show on July 11, and he has not been seen since.  They continue to meet regularly with his “spouse”, Nur G., a German-Turk younger by a year, but there is no requirement for her to do so.  She was suspected of wanting to depart with Ahmed and engage in jihad in his home country of Afghanistan. Continue reading

Two New Identities From Nice

Bouhlel and brother-in-law Hamdi Zagar

I was excited to see a couple pieces of the puzzle filled in today by the French paper Liberation, but before I give them too much credit, two of the missing names from those held in custody since the attacks have been out in the local Nice press since at least 14 September.  In an article in Nice Matin by Christophe Perrin entitled “Deux mois après”, two of the partial names from the investigation were revealed: Hamdi Z. is brother-in-law Hamdi Zagar/Zaghar and Mohamed Oualid/Walid G. is Mohamed Oualid Ghraieb. Continue reading