The Islamic State released a previously unknown nasheed "Auf zum Schlachten!", or "To the slaughter!", by German Islamic State militant Denis Cuspert (alias Abu Talha al-Almani or Deso Dogg) on 17 April 2016. Parts of the nasheed had been used in a video released earlier that month that threatened German Salafist preacher Pierre Vogel, who was on an Islamic State list of Muslim scholars and imams targeted for assassination in the 13th issue of English-language magazine Dabiq released in January 2016.
Germany has been the target of militant Islamist propaganda for several years. In the context of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Islamist militants have frequently addressed German speaking Muslims, as well as the country's wider society through video messages and other forms of media.