Denis Cuspert, German militant Islamist and rapper, Died at 39

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Denis Mamadou Gerhard Cuspert was born on October 18, 1975, and died on October 16, 2015 in an airstrike.

Denis was also known as Abu Talha al-Almani or by his former stage name, Deso Dogg, he was a German militant Islamist and former rapper.

He ended his rap career after converting to Islam and taking the name Abou Maleeq.

Denis left Germany for Egypt and eventually Syria, where he fought with the jihadist anti-government forces in the Syrian Civil War, under the nom de guerre of Abu Talha Al-Almani (meaning The German Abu Talha).

He was injured during the fighting in the northern-Syrian town of Azaz in an air-strike conducted by the Syrian Army.

In 2014 Denis gave his oath of allegiance to Islamist-Jihadi group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The United States Department of State added Cuspert to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists on 9 February 2015, and the United Nations Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee designated him on 11 February 2015.

On 16 October 2015, Denis was reportedly killed by a US air strike near Al-Raqqah, Syria. He was 39.

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