US designates German rapper turned ISIL recruiter a terrorist

WASHINGTON – A former German rapper who has since become one of ISIL’s chief German-language recruiters was designated a global terrorist by the U.S. Monday.

The State Department said Denis Cuspert, 39, also known by his nome de guerre Abu Talha al Almani and formerly known as Deso Dogg, joined ISIL in 2012, “and has appeared in numerous videos on its behalf.”

The most recent video posted in November 2014 features Cuspert holding the head of a man executed for his opposition to ISIL, according to the State Department.

“Cuspert is emblematic of the type of foreign recruit ISIL seeks for its ranks – individuals who have engaged in criminal activity in their home countries who then travel to Iraq and Syria to commit far worse crimes against the people of those countries,” the department said in a statement.

It went on to say that the Berlin-born Cuspert is also wanted by the German government for his alleged involvement in “terrorist activities” in Germany.

The designation coincides with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Washington to meet with U.S. officials.

As a result of his designation, all of Cuspert’s property within U.S. jurisdiction has been frozen, and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in business with him, or conducting business that works in his benefit.

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