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#Duh: ISIS fighters entering Europe disguised as refugees

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By Bradford Richardson

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, the head of Germany’s domestic spy agency (BfV) said on Friday, according to Reuters.

“Then we have repeatedly seen that terrorists … have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees,” Hans-Georg Maassen told ZDF television. “This is a fact that the security agencies are facing.”

“We are trying to recognize and identify whether there are still more [Islamic State] fighters or terrorists from IS that have slipped in,” he added.

Maassen also said the BfV has received more than 100 tip-offs about ISIS fighters among the refugee groups currently staying in Germany.

The remarks come one day after German forces thwarted a potential ISIS attack in Berlin, when authorities arrested two men with suspected links to the terrorist organization preparing an attack on the capital city.

“We are in a serious situation and there is a high risk that there could be an attack,” Maassen said. “But the security agencies, the intelligence services and the police authorities are very alert and our goal is to minimize the risk as best we can.”

Multiple assailants in the November terrorist attack in Paris, which claimed the lives of 130 people, are suspected of entering the country disguised as refugees.

More than one million migrants from the Middle East and Africa resettled in Germany in 2015.

al-Shabab take control of town in southern Somalia

Marka resident Mohamed Sabriye said the rebels hoisted al-Shabab’s flag on the coastal town’s police station and administrative headquarters. (File Photo: Reuters)

Residents in the southern Somali town of Marka say fighters from the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have taken control there after the withdrawal of African Union forces.

Marka resident Mohamed Sabriye said the rebels hoisted al-Shabab’s flag on the coastal town’s police station and administrative headquarters.

Marka lies some 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

There was no immediate comment from African Union officials.

Mapping the Spread of the ISIS Plague

Mapping the Spread of the ISIS Plague

 BY DAN DE LUCE, C.K. HICKEY//  From bombings in Jakarta and Istanbul to attacks on oil facilities in Libya, the Islamic State is rapidly expanding its operations far beyond its strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Washington — initially reluctant for political reasons to acknowledge the group’s growing reach — is scrambling to keep up.

President Barack Obama, who took office promising to reduce America’s military involvement in the Middle East, is weighing sending more U.S. troops to Iraq to bolster the fight against the Islamic State and is poised to open a new front against the militant group in Libya.

The shifts come amid signs that the Islamic State is on the move in North Africa and is working to spread its terrorist network across the continent and into Asia. Outside Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has declared “provinces,” or wilayat, for its self-declared “caliphate” in nine other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Russia.

And that list could grow: U.S. officials and analysts fear the group will soon plant its flag in new locations, including Tunisia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Somalia.

Drawing from data provided by the Institute for the Study of War and IHS Jane’s, here is an interactive map showing where the Islamic State has declared its provinces — and where the group could yet extend its reach.