Islamic State Leader Sentenced for Funding Extremism

Islamic State Leader Sentenced for Funding Terrorism

( – After suffering heavy military defeats in 2018 and 2019, the Islamic State’s influence has waned hugely. However, they still have active cells around the world, and governments are working hard to put their operatives behind bars.

On Wednesday, February 24, a German court sentenced an alleged ISIS operative to 10.5 years in jail for raising funds and enlisting recruits for the caliphate. Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah Abdullah, better known as Abu Walaa, was reportedly the de facto leader of the Islamic State in Germany prior to his arrest.

Though it’s difficult to say exactly what terror projects he was involved in, police believe Abu Walaa’s recruits were responsible for multiple attacks. One of three teenagers who carried out a bomb attack on a Sikh temple in Essen, Germany, in 2016, was allegedly recruited by him. He may also have had connections with the attacker who killed 12 people with a truck at a Berlin Christmas market in 2016.

Abu Walaa was sentenced alongside three other ISIS operatives, with whom he was arrested in 2016. The others were handed custodial sentences ranging from four to eight years.

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