‘Wife’ of German ISIS rapper spied on him for the FBI
Cuspert, who now goes by the name Abu Talha al-Amani, converted to Islam and travelled to Syria in 2013
German-born former rapper Denis Cuspert, who recently featured in ISIS beheading videos, was being spied on for the FBI by a woman thought to be his wife, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
Cuspert, who now goes by the name Abu Talha al-Amani, converted to Islam and travelled to Syria in 2013 to fight among the ranks of ISIS. The United States added him to a terror list last week.
The 39-year-old was reportedly being spied on by an unidentified woman who communicated critical information about the rapper and his ISIS colleagues to her handler, according to the German newspaper Bild.
The paper cited German and American intelligence sources as confirming the operation.
“We were already a long time in the bedrooms of the terrorists,” Bild quoted one German intelligence official as saying.
The former rapper was reportedly a womanizer in Germany, the newspaper claimed. He allegedly fathered three children with three women.
It was not clear if he "married" the woman spy, but Bild reported that “she informed her U.S. handler via secret methods on regular basis about ISIS activities. It was unclear how she transmitted the information to her handler,” Fox News reported.
The woman spy reportedly left Syria as ISIS began a hunt for infiltrators. She then escaped to Turkey, where she was arrested and was believed to be turned to the United States, the newspaper added.
The U.S. State Department said the German rapper is a sample of what ISIS looks for in recruits.
“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.”
Cuspert joined ISIS in 2012 and has appeared in numerous videos from the group, including one in November “in which he appears holding a severed head he claims belongs to a man executed for opposing ISIL (ISIS),” the State Department said.
He has pledged an oath of loyalty to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and is allegedly a chief recruiter of German fighters.