The 21st Century Phenomenon


* Adem  Yilmaz was born in 1979 and is a Turkish national who grew up in Germany. Adem  Yilmaz had been radicalized in two mosques in the Frankfurt region: the Tawhid Mosque in Dietzenbach and the Ansar-Mosque in Frankfurt-Riederwald. His new Salafist (see – Salafiya ) religiosity led him to quit his job and to split up with his girl friend.

Adem  Yilmaz was a close friend and confidant of Fritz Martin Gelowicz, a prominent figure in the Islamic Information Center – IIZ in his home town Ulm. Together with Attila Selek they mad the Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 2005.

After the hajj  Adem  Yilmaz and Attila Selek traveled to Damascus and enrolled in an Arabic course. The group planned on crossing the border into Iraq to fight the USA and her allies. Unable to find a handler for that endeavor the three tried to find a way to wage Jihad in Chechnya. But this plan also came to nothing. Finally, Adem  Yilmaz made contact with a senior member of the Uzbek Islamic Jihad Union -IJU, Gofir Salimov aka Jafer, who is wanted in Uzbekistan since 2004 for several bombing attacks (see – July 2004 Attacks). Gofir Salimov recruited the young German Salafists for the Uzbek group.

Less than a year later, around 03/2006, Fritz Martin Gelowicz and Adem Yilmaz traveled via Iran to the group’s training camp by Mir Ali in FATA, North Waziristan, Pakistan. Shortly thereafter, Selek and the later fourth member of the Sauerland Cell, Daniel Martin Schneider, arrived to the camp. Adem  Yilmaz recruited at least seven more Jihadists and facilitated the contact to militant training camps in the FATA area. One of those Jihadists became in 03/2008 known as the ‘Bavarian Taliban’, Cuneyit Ciftci, Germany’s first suicide bomber.


 Since 07/2007 Adem  Yilmaz and Fritz Martin Gelowicz were both under close surveillance preparing explosives and planning what became known as the Ramstein Plot.   

On 09/04/2007, Adem  Yilmaz was arrested as a suspect in the Ramstein Plot. According to the German security service BKA, Adem  Yilmaz attended, in previous years, a training camp, run by the Islamic Jihad Union –IJU, in South Waziristan, Pakistan.

On 09/02/2008, Adem  Yilmaz was charged, along with Fritz Martin Gelowicz, and Daniel Martin Schneider, with membership in a terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces a possible 10 years in prison. He was accused of being a member of the radical Islamic Jihad Union -IJU, an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan -IMU, a Jihadist group with origins in Central Asia.

The younger brother of Adem Yilmaz, Burhan Yilmaz, was arrested, on 10/22/2008, near Frankfurt on suspicion that he ferried money and equipment for an Afghanistan-based group, probably referring to the Islamic Jihad Union –IJU .

* Adem  Yilmaz was convicted and sentenced, on 03/04/2010, to 11 years in jail (see – Sentence 03.04.10 ).

* German prosecutors said, on Monday 08/23/2010, they have charged a man identified only as Salih S. with providing GPS devices, night vision goggles and other items for Adem  Yilmaz.


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