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Four indicted in Germany over links to Islamic extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra

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Four men have been charged in Germany on suspicion of supporting Islamic extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra, prosecutors said Thursday.

One of the men, all indicted last month, is also believed to be a member of the jihadist organization.

Jabhat al-Nusra was originally the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, formed to fight the forces of Bashar al-Assad during the Syrian civil war.

He later split but remains active as part of a Salafi alliance seeking to establish an Islamic state in Syria. The group was blacklisted by the United Nations in 2013 after being designated a terrorist group by the United States the year before.

Prosecutors said a German citizen, named only Marius A., allegedly traveled to Syria in October 2013 to join al-Nusra and remained a member until March 2014.

He is said to have received firearms training and participated in fighting at least once, also receiving funds for the group in Turkey.

Separately, German-American citizen Maher M., German-Algerian citizen Mohamed S. and German-Spanish-Moroccan national Avid EGM are accused of raising funds for al-Nusra at the request of Marius A. transferred the money in late 2013 or early 2014.

Marius A. was detained in Senegal last September and extradited to Germany in May. He is still in detention.


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