berlin - The head of the German Federal Criminal Investigation Department (BKA), Holger Münch, said Saturday in an interview on the Deutschlandfunk that the caliphate of Islamic State as such no longer exists, but that the terrorist organization remains as dangerous as ever. According to him, IS has been preparing for this next phase for a long time.
'We have observed in recent years that IS is very capable of adapting itself. We see much less propaganda work of the classical kind. Instead, jihadist structures have come into the social media. Chat groups are active, information is exchanged and virtual networks are formed. That is a big risk. We can not assume that the threat will become less in the foreseeable future. '
Münch said that IS is nowhere in Syria and Iraq. The collapse of the caliphate has not yet led to an increased return of foreign fighters. 'We are responding to various developments. We have to reckon with the fact that jihadists, including from other countries, will start searching for their way to Europe ', according to the BKA boss.