German man regrets joining Taliban

M Ali Khan

Minister (2k+ posts)
German Taliban 'put off by dirt and violence'

Published: 2 Nov 12 07:41 CET

A German man who ran away to join the Taliban told a court this week how he had a horrible time in the Pakistani borderlands and was happy to be back home – even though he now faces a prison term.

“It was difficult to admit that I had made a terrible mistake,” the man identified only as Thomas U. told a Berlin court.

Thomas U., a Hungarian-German, went with his wife to the Waziristan region of Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan in 2009, the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Thursday.

There they were confronted with filthy conditions and regular violence.

When at the start of 2010 the Pakistani army attacked the region, he decided he wanted to go home. “It was a terrible experience,” he testified in a statement read out to the court.

But the leader of the German Taliban Mujahedin (DTM) group that he had joined promised that within a year Afghanistan would be conquered by the Taliban, and the couple stayed.

His is accused of being a member of the DTM from December 2009 until July 2010 – and of taking part in an attack on an American base in December 2009.

The court heard how he converted to Islam in 2008, having turned away from a previous involvement with far-right extremists in Germany. He stopped smoking marijuana and both he and his wife became radicalised, the Tagesspiegel reported.

The state prosecutor said he had been involved in preparing a serious crime – and to this end had travelled to Waziristan to be trained in using guns and explosives.

Once in Waziristan, he and other members of the DTM trained in using Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers, but he and his wife never settled into life in the camp.

When the Taliban failed to take over Afghanistan, and after three of his German friends were killed in a fire-fight with Pakistani soldiers, he decided he had had enough.

“The sight of their terribly mangled bodies moved me,” he said in the statement. “From then on I no longer wanted to take part in violence, I had been completely wrong.”

Not only that – he had caught hepatitis and his wife was pregnant. The macho attitudes and, he said, the drug consumption of the Taliban, were also getting on his nerves.

“Waziristan was not what I had been looking for,” he said.

He and his wife fled to Turkey in September 2010 - and were promptly arrested when they landed in Istanbul. After more than 20 months in investigative custody there, during which time they became parents to a son, the couple were extradited to Germany.

The last sentence of his statement to the court read, “I regret my decision to leave Germany and I also regret my crimes.”

The Local/DPA/hc

not mard-e-momin enough eh? :lol:
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Minister (2k+ posts)
So a German Ex Nazi and his wife can just waltz in and join the TTP....Strange story..
Did he learn any of the local languages..Pashto in a German accent lol
Won't they behead him given the paranoia with CIA agents and drone strikes...
Or was he an agent to begin with...and the group is called "German Taliban Mujahedin"
and all within two years quite a story..
Story does not pass the smell test.

But you cant ever tell with the Germans they are known for such crazy ****.. (Beider Meinhof Complex)
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(50k+ posts) بابائے فورم
To isko kis ne kaha tha ke taliban ko join karo....shoq poora ho gaya(bigsmile)

Jihad and loot sale of Janat is only with Taliban....where ever Alqaedah , Janat is distributed there......just for free....


(50k+ posts) بابائے فورم
Does some one remember ,what happened with foreign fighters in Afghanistan , when America took over in 2001.???

They were in worst situation...

No one was owning them...

Shumali Itehad people were bringing them out , and local taliban did not own them....

and they were in thousands.....

People were hopeful on Mulla Omar high rised slogans that we r mujahid , Allah is with us , and no one could defeat us.....

But that time was terrible for Afghan people and foreign muslim fighters.

This person is telling the story of 2008 though.....


Minister (2k+ posts)
دو نشے کے عادی مجرم وزیرستان کو ڈرگز کا
out let
سمجھ کر آیے تھے .... یہ پتا نہیں تھا کہ یہاں کلاشنکوف کی نوک پر ڈوز ملتی ہے.


Taliban movement has attraction for waile ppl all over the world. Afghanistan main ... phir baaqi dunya main apni hakoomat bane gi ... thorri si mushkil hai ... bomb chalana aur kalashankof chalana seekho..

chalo chalo ... waziristan chalo