Egypt Tops Pakistan as World’s Leading Terrorist Training Ground

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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That Arab Spring sure worked out well for everyone. Especially the terrorists. Just ask German intelligence.

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.

That’s quite a claim to make considering that Waziristan is the Great Jihadi Hope. Or used to be before the Arab Spring opened up the familiar territories of the Middle East for a Jihadist terror rush.

Germany’s intelligence service fears that members of a radical Salafist group, banned in the country since June, could establish a new, dangerous German Salafist colony in Egypt, the German daily Die Welt cited security experts as saying.

Die Welt quoted security sources as saying Salafists were attracted by the favorable conditions enjoyed by ultra-conservative Islamists in Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011.

Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, recently freed a group of Islamists jailed for militancy during Mubarak’s era, a step many see as a gesture to hardliners who supported his presidential bid.

Mission accomplished.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    It sounds like democracy will moderate the Islamists. Our president is a hero.