(Rick Wells, GOP The Daily Dose) -- Concerns have elevated following the interception by foreign intelligence agencies of communications between various Islamic terrorist factions and militant groups discussing possible attacks against the weekly anti-Islamic marches which are gaining popularity in Germany.
The respected and reliable German news weekly “Der Spiegel” magazine reported the threats on Friday but did not publish their sources. The described the potential perpetrators as simply being “known international jihadists.”
Specifically, the group “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, a leading anti-Islamisation organization, was mentioned as a possible target. The quoted an unnamed high-ranking security official as saying, “We take these leads very seriously,” in response to the information.
The Pegida marches originated in the eastern city of Dresden, initially drawing crowds which numbered in the hundreds. Those ranks swelled to an estimated 25,000 to 40,000 at the last rally, held in the days following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The Dresden police estimated the numbers at a minimum of 25,000, while officials with Pegida estimated the attendance to be near 40,000.
An attack on the group would assuredly only serve to grow their ranks and ignite even more anti-Islamic sentiment.