A list of German jihadists killed in Syria

In December 2013 the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) published a new estimate of foreign fighters in Syria. Based on more than 1,500 sources the ICSR estimates that – from late 2011 to 10 December 2013 – between 3,300 and 11,000 individuals from various countries have gone to Syria to fight against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. For Germany the number of fighters ranges from 34 to 300. At least around 16 German jihadists are said to have been killed in the conflict until now.

Hence, I compiled a list of German fighters (or fighters from Germany) who died in the Syrian civil war. The following list almost certainly is not complete and to most of the dead fighters only scarce information is available.

Update November 2015: Due to the high number of German jihadists who traveled to Syria and Iraq in the last months I was unfortunately unable to keep the following list updated. German officials estimate that until now 760 Germans have left the country to join jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. 120 are believed to have died in the conflict. With the conflict in Syria and Iraq intensifying day by day, groups like ISIS don’t even publish eulogies or obituaries for their killed „martyrs“ anymore. Observers of the conflict assume, that the badly trained foreign fighters simply serve as cannon fodder in combat. This is one reason why it is currently nearly impossible to get any useful information on killed jihadists from Germany.

1. Aslanbek F.

From: Kiel
Age: 31
Killed: 24. January 2013
Location: unknown

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Aslanbek F. was a German with Chechen backround living in the city of Kiel in northern Germany. In December 2012 he traveled to Syria with eight fellow jihadists and died there on January 24th 2013. He is the first Islamist from Germany who was killed in the Syrian civil war.

More Information: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/deutsche-im-syrischen-buergerkrieg-mein-mann-ist-ein-schahid-1.1644758-2 (German)

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2. ʿAbdallāh Bassām ʿĀrif al-aṭīb

Age: unknown
Killed: June 2013
Location: al-Quṣayr, Homs

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ʿAbdallāh Bassām ʿĀrif al-Ḫaṭīb

Before Abdallah, a Jordanian, went to jihad in Syria he was studying medicine in Germany for five years. He was close to completing his studies but went to Syria in November 2012. There is no information about his case in German or English newspapers but Arab press reports say, that he died in the first days of June 2013 in al-Quṣayr.

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3. Abū Amad al-Almānī

Age: unknown
Killed: August 2013
Location: Ghouta, Damascus

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Abū Aḥmad al-Almānī

Abū Aḥmad al-Almānī’s real name is unknown. He allegedly fought with the Islamist group Jund al-Sham and was shot during a combat mission in Ghouta, Damascus. According to an eulogy that was written for him by a friend, Abū Aḥmad was born in Lebanon but had to flee with his parents to Germany because of the civil war. Some say Abū Aḥmad was part of Jabhat al-Nusra or ISIS. Others say he was part of the group Jund al-Sham.

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4. ʿIsā al-Muhāǧir alias ʿIsā al-Almānī

From: Ruhr region (likely Dortmund or Hamm)
Killed: 13.11.2013
Location: Naqqārīn, Aleppo

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Scarce Information is available on the case of ʿIsā al-Muhāǧir. It seems, that he was a German convert to Islam who lived in Dortmund, Hamm or another city located in the „Ruhrgebiet“. German Islamist Sven Lau alias Abu Adam mourned the death of his „brother“ in a video on Youtube.

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5. Abu Zuhayla

From: Frankfurt
Age: unknown
Killed: End of November 2013
Location: Kafr amra, Aleppo

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Abu Zuhayla is said to have died during heavy fighting in Kafr Ḥamra near Aleppo. His death was announced by German Islamist online media on December 9th, 2013.

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6. Burak Karan alias Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Turkī

From: Wuppertal
Age: 26
Killed: End of November 2013
Location: ʿAzāz

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Burak Karan alias Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Turkī

Before his career as a jihadist Karan was once a successful footballer, who played alongside of some nowadays well-known German soccer players. He ended his career in 2008 and subsequently turned to radical Islam. In 2011 he located with his wife and his two kids to the Syrian-Turkish border area. He was killed during an air strike on ʿAzāz by the Syrian airforce.

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7. Enes Ü.

From: Frankfurt
Age: 16
Killed: First days of December 2013
Location: Aleppo

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16 year old Enes

Enes was a 16 year old schoolboy from Frankfurt and traveled with other young men to Syria to fight the Assad government. He was killed just a few days after his arrival in the war-torn country.  His death was announced on a German Islamist Facebook page in the first days of December 2013.

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8. Gökhan Celik alias Asadallāh

From: Pinneberg/Hamburg
Age: 25
Killed: November 2013 (maybe by friendly fire)
Location: Northern Syria

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Gökhan Celik alias Asadallāh

Celik was a member of „Millatu Ibrahim“ a radical Islamist organisation which was banned in May 2012 by the German interior ministry. German news reports say that Celik went to Syria in July 2013 and joined the Syrian Al-Qaeda branch Jabhat al-Nusra. He was killed (maybe by friendly fire) in November 2013 somewhere in northern Syria.

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9. Bilal Ü.

From: Bonn
Age: 29
Killed: January 2014
Location: Sarāqib

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Bilal Ü. was also a member of ISIS. He was killed in the middle of January by rival rebels belonging to the Islamic Front.

More Information: http://www.stern.de/investigativ/deutscher-salafist-stirbt-in-syrien-tod-im-krieg-der-glaubensbrueder-2088532.html (German)

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10. Robert B. alias ʿUmān al-Almānī alias ʿAbd al-Hakīm

From: Solingen, North-Rhine Westphalia
Age: 26
Killed: January 2014
Location: Northern Syria

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Robert B. alias ʿUṯmān al-Almānī

ISIS declared that Robert B. carried out a suicide attack and killed 50 „infidels“ of the Assad-Regime. Robert B. was also part of the now banned „Millatu Ibrahim“ group located in Solingen.

More Information: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/tod-im-buergerkrieg-deutscher-dschihadist-in-syrien-getoetet-1.1881040 (German)

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11. David G. alias Abū Dawūd al-Almānī

From: Kempten
Age: 19
Killed: February 2014
Location: Northern Syria

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Abu Dawud al-Almani

On 17.01.2014 Twitter-Accounts affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) announced the death of German jihadist „Abū Dawūd al-Almānī“. David G. was from Kempten, Bavaria, and had close contact to a group of young Islamists from Dinslaken, North Rhine-Westphalia with whom he traveled to Syria. He was killed in an ambush by rival rebels from the Free Syrian Army.

More Information: http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article124044191/19-jaehriger-Islamist-aus-Bayern-in-Syrien-getoetet.html (German)

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12. Sulayman

From: ?
Age: ?
Killed: February 2014
Location: Northern Syria

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Sulayman was a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). He was killed together with David G. by rival rebels from the Free Syrian Army.

More Information: http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article124044191/19-jaehriger-Islamist-aus-Bayern-in-Syrien-getoetet.html (German)

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13. Abū Muḥammad al-Almānī

From: ?
Age: ?
Killed: February 2014
Location: Manbiǧ/Aleppo

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Abū Muḥammad al-Almānī was a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). He was killed by a granade thrown on him and some other ISIS jihadists by unknown men, most likely rival rebels.

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14. Hamza S.

From: Kirchheim unter Teck
Age: 27
Killed: March 2014
Location: ʿAnadān/Aleppo

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The family of Hamza S. reported him missing in July 2013. In Syria he joined a Bosnian sub-group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria. Eight months after his arrival in Syria he was killed in a fighting between his group (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra near ʿAnadān, a city in northern Syria.

More information (in German): http://www.schwarzwaelder-bote.de/inhalt.syrien-heiliger-krieg-bis-in-den-tod.d9a9cc7d-ea5b-466f-9bb4-f4530c8c1eae.html

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15. Enver P.

From: Schwieberdingen
Age: 41
Killed: March 2014
Location: ʿAnadān/Aleppo

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In July 2013 Enver P. and his friend Hamza S. (both of Bosnian origin) travelled to Syria and joined a Bosnian sub-group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
Enver P. was killed in a fighting between his group (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra near ʿAnadān, a city in northern Syria.
More information (in German): http://www.schwarzwaelder-bote.de/inhalt.syrien-heiliger-krieg-bis-in-den-tod.d9a9cc7d-ea5b-466f-9bb4-f4530c8c1eae.html

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Interestingly the first German who went to Syria to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad wasn’t inspired by Islamist ideas. Husam al-Din Armanazi a 25-year old medical student in the German city of Greifswald was a pro-democracy activist and later joined a battalion of the Free Syrian Army. He was killed in August 2012 in Aleppo.

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Status: April 2014.

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