Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – Al Arabiya English reported that, German prosecutors announced the arrests of two Syrians suspected of belonging to foreign terrorist organizations, including the alleged leader of a group which joined ISIS.
Amer A. and Basel O. were detained in Kiel and Munich on Wednesday and placed in pre-trial detention, federal prosecutors said in a statement.
Amer A. is alleged to have founded the “Liwa Jund al Rahman” in 2013 in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. His fighters “repeatedly engaged in hostilities against the Syrian army,” it said.
In June 2013, Amer A.’s fighters joined other extremist groups in an attack on the eastern village of Hatlah that killed up to 60 Shia residents.
Survivors were forced to flee “by intentionally stoking fears of death – also by means of arson and looting,” prosecutors said.
Amer A. is suspected of having committed a war crime “by means of forced displacement” that “meant the end of all Shia presence in Hatlah.”
In 2014, Amer A. joined ISIS and placed his fighters and financial resources under ISIS authority, according to prosecutors.
Basel O. meanwhile is alleged to have held “a prominent military position” in Amer A.’s organization in 2013-2014. The suspect commanded combat units that fought Syrian troops, notably at Deir ez-Zor’s military airfield, the statement said.
Germany has arrested several Syrians on its soil over crimes committed in their country.