Syrian convicted of terror in Germany

Syrian member of ISIS convicted in Germany of membership in a terrorist organization.

Arutz Sheva North America Staff,

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A Syrian man was convicted in Germany on Friday of membership in a terrorist organization after he served in the Islamic State (ISIS) group in his homeland and later helped plan an attack in Berlin that was never carried out.

According to The Associated Press, 20-year-old Shaas al-Mohammad was sentenced under youth guidelines to five years in prison.

During his Berlin criminal court trial, prosecutors said al-Mohammad joined ISIS as a teenager in Syria in 2013 before seeking asylum in Germany two years later.

The court found that once in Berlin, he passed information about "soft targets" in the German capital to the group in apparent preparation for an attack.

Al-Mohammad had denied the charges and can appeal, according to AP.

The trial comes as Germany remains under a high-threat terrorist alert following a series of attacks which hit the country in the past year.

In the first attack, a 17-year-old Afghani with an axe attacked passengers on a train in Wurzburg before being shot dead by security forces.

In the second incident, an attacker set off a bomb in a restaurant in Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 12 others.

Most recently, terrorist Anis Amri drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

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