State Dept. Names Rapper Deso Dogg “Global Terrorist”

Feb 10, 2015 at 11:24 AM ET

German rapper and ISIS terrorist Denis Cuspert, who raps under the name Deso Dogg, is now officially an enemy of the state. The U.S. State Department has designated him a global terrorist. “Any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with him or to his benefit,” the statement released Monday says.

The statement goes on to recount his history of terrorism, noting, “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.”

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Vocativ wrote about Deso Dogg last November, after he picked up a severed head in a mass execution video for ISIS and said the dead man had received the “death penalty” because he had fought against ISIS.

The rapper, who now calls himself Abu Talha al-Amani, once toured with DMX before converting to Islam in 2010. He was born to a German mother and Ghanaian father, and he is now reportedly a top recruiter for ISIS in Syria.