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Fears over Germany's growing jihadist scene
by Frank Zeller
Berlin's Christmas market truck rampage was the deadly jihadist attack Germany had long feared, as security services have warned of the growth of a shadowy Islamist scene.
Rarely a week has gone by in past years without the arrest of a radical preacher, an extremist backing the Islamic State or other extremist groups with money, arms or propaganda, or of a fighter returning from Syria or Iraq.
Germany's domestic security chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, has likened the rise in IS followers to a dangerous "youth subculture".
He said that while it has drawn some home-grown converts and many female recruits, the main target group has shared the "four Ms" profile -- male, Muslim, with a migrant background and a history of personal misadventure.
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