German army infested with Isis sympathisers, new figures show

German soldiers on a training exercise (Stock photo)

Monday, November 7, 2016

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is planning to implement widespread security checks after it emerged that at least 20 sympathisers of Islamic State were found to have joined the German army. 

While the terror group itself is busy fighting off a Coalition invasion of Mosul - terrority it fought to claim in 2014 - its propagandists have used a steady stream of propaganda to encourage terror attacks in mainland Europe and Africa. 

Germany has suffered a number of terrorism-related incidents in the last year, creating fear among the population. Now it has been revealed by the German army, or Bundeswehr, that army recruiters received a number of inquiries about short-term commissions, in which the individuals would undergo fast-paced and thorough training in firearms and other weapons. 

The new revelations of Isis infiltration - which are based on information released by intelligence officials - have given rise to fears that jihadists could enter the German army as "sleeper agents" and eventually turn on the German army when they least expect it.

The new figures are expected to speed up legislation to allow espionage services to examine every potential new army recruit. Laws at the moment only allow vetting once people have joined the service.