At least 20 jihadists ‘exploiting German army for training’, says spy chief

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Jihadists could be exploiting the German armed forces to get military training ahead of staging attacks in Europe or travelling to the Middle East, the head of German military counter-intelligence has warned.

At least 20 former German soldiers have been identified fighting for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other groups in the Middle East, said Christof Gramm, the head of the MAD counter-intelligence agency.

“We see a risk that the Bundeswehr could be used as a training camp for violent Islamists,” Dr Gramm told Welt newspaper in an interview.

The warning follows the discharge of a soldier from the German army after jihadist material was found on his computer.

A court last month upheld the discharge of the soldier, who has not been named under German privacy laws…