German accused of joining ‘Islamic State’

A 22-year-old German citizen is facing terrorism-related charges after prosecutors accused him of joining the self-styled Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria.

Identified only as Tarik S. because of German privacy rules, the man appeared in Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, where he stands accused of joining the jihadist group in 2013 after crossing into Syria from Turkey.

He faces numerous charges, including joining a foreign terrorist organization, disturbing the peace of the dead and deprivation of liberty.