On January 19 , Newsweek ran an exclusive story titled: “Intel report warns US troops in Germany face ‘possible imminent’ threat of attack.”Without naming the suspect, Newsweek reported that the U.S.’s 66th Military Intelligence Brigade received what was described as “third party information stating there was a possible imminent attack against U.S. soldiers located at either Tower Barracks in Grafenwohr or Tower Barracks, Dulmen, exact location, date and time unknown.”
Newsweek reported it had reviewed the information from a senior level U.S. intelligence official, adding that “The source of information stated the attack would be carried out by an unknown Jordanian extremist currently located in Germany near an unknown military base,” the report continued. “The unknown Jordanian was described as a loyalist to the Jordanian king and recently advocated killing U.S. soldiers in Germany.”
A European source has alleged the identity of the suspected terrorist, claiming that his name is Alaa Alfazza, 45, a Jordanian who resides in Uppsala, Sweden. Having claimed “political asylum” in Sweden, Alfazza has systematically incited on social media. According to an Arabic speaker who examined his social media content, Alfazza exhibits sincere hatred for the West.
Just 9 days before AlFazaa arrived in Germany on January 17, he posted a disturbing tweet, expressing regret that Iran’s missiles targeting US bases in Iraq have not killed any Americans and expressing his wish that 80 American soldiers would die:
The tweet reads: “The problem is that some are still lying to themselves and others, they’re convinced that the rocket attacks have resulted in massive losses between the Americans. My lovely Iraqi soldiers have taken videos from inside the base. We have seen the wreckage of rockets in the fields around Erbil. I wish from my heart that 80 of them were killed, but, in reality, they are (zero)”
Alfazaa also tweeted this just 9 days prior to arriving in Germany, in which he praises the Iranian forces for attacking US bases in Iraq, saying he feels sorry for Arabs because they could not do the same.
As the translation goes: “Despite my previous expectations, a part of me envies the Iranians. At the end of the day, they will go to bed with the memories of videos documenting that their [Iranian] forces have hit the bases of the mightiest power of the world, and their army has retaliated, even if symbolically. I feel sad for us Arabs [now]”.
With these disturbing tweets by AlFazaa, it is clear that he is an anti-American radical, who is publicly calling for killing American soldiers in their bases. Now, the most alarming thing about this is the fact that he chose to travel from his residence in Sweden to Germany, and chose to stay near a US military base of all places. The city of Munster is actually close to the Dulmen Tower Barracks in Coesfeld.
Alfazza is an ideological writer who heads a network of Jordanians abroad called: “ملتقى أبناء الاردن في المهجر Expatriate Jordanian Forum,” whose members also have expressed anti-American, anti-Western and pro-Sharia views online.
What makes this most disturbing is the fact that Alfazza posted upon his arrival in Germany that he and his two hosts are “plotting a conspiracy.” While some could argue that this could be a joke, recent terrorist attacks have taught all of us that jokes cracked online by suspected terrorists do translate into deadly attacks in most cases.
Translation: “Alaa Alfazza is in Munster
The conspiracy hut in the house of Abdel Majeed Obidat in Munster, Germany. Some conspiracies are being plotted [here].”
The two individuals appearing with Alfazaa are:
-Abdel Majeed Obidat and Jwad Mazin Aljafra, both Jordanians who reside in Germany and both have exhibited anti-Israel views.
Newsweek reported that the U.S. Army in Europe confirmed that “a potential threat was identified and investigated.” According to sources in Germany, AlFazaa was being investigated.
European sources have verified AlFazza’s standing in Sweden, where he resides. Sources there confirmed that several complaints against his radical incitement and activities have already been made to Sweden’s intelligence services and the Ministry of Justice. The sources did not have information on whether Sweden’s authorities have been monitoring Alfazza but commented: “He’s on the security agency’s radar screen, nonetheless. Sweden is usually reluctant to tackle terrorists. Security agencies here give too much benefit of the doubt, something they should never do with terrorists.”