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Former rapper named an ISIS terrorist by U.S. State Department

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MAINZ, Germany (NBC News) – A former rapper has been declared an international terrorist over alleged ties to ISIS.

According to the State Department, 39-year-old Denis Cuspert, who goes by the name Abu Talha al-Almani, joined the terror group in 2012.

Authorities say Cuspert appeared in several videos on behalf of ISIS.

In a video released in November, officials say he was “holding a severed head he claims belongs to a man executed for opposing” the group.

In a statement from the U.S. Department of State, Cuspert has pledged loyalty to ISIS and appears to be a recruiter with special emphasis on recruiting German speakers.

“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,” the statement said.

Officials say he has been a “willing pitchman” for atrocities committed by ISIS.

Denis Cuspert previously had a career as a rapper named “Deso Dogg.”

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