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The Parliament authorized the deployment of up to 850 German soldiers in 2015 to Afghanistan to participate in NATO's "Resolute Support" training mission. The government is also planning to send some 100 Bundeswehr soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
In Germany's first-ever trial of an Islamic State fighter, Kreshnik Berisha was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. Authorities estimate that of some 550 Germans who have joined the Islamic State in the Middle East, 60 have been killed and 180 have returned to Germany; about 300 people are currently under investigation. Germany plans to contribute about 150 million euros per year to NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and will leave 850 German troops in the country after Jan. 1, 2015.
The Interior Ministry now estimates that 550 people have left Germany to fight for extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, up from an estimate of 450 a few days ago. Authorities are also monitoring 230 other people who are considered possible threats in Germany.
The Defense Ministry said Germany will keep 850 troops in Afghanistan next year, slightly more than anticipated, and noted that German forces will continue responsibility for the Coalition mission in northern Afghanistan. Development Minister Müller pledged to continue Germany's development support to Afghanistan so long as the Afghan government carries out needed reforms. Cem Özdemir, co-chair of the Green Party, called for more aid and greater engagement with Iraqis in Kurdistan.
Four men who belonged al Qaeda's "Dusseldorf cell" and had planned to detonate two cluster bombs amid a large crowd in Germany were sentenced to jail terms ranging from four to nine years. The plans for the attack were found on the hard drive of one of Osama bin Laden's computers. Antiterrorism police in Cologne detained nine men, including a 58-year-old Pakistani and a 31-year-old German who are suspected of supporting and facilitating recruitment for the Islamic State and two other terrorist groups.
Kreshnik B,. who is on trial for joining the Islamic State in Syria, told the court that he still wants to die a martyr. Security officials estimate that some 50 people have left Germany to join the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Syria, and that there are about 13,000 members of the banned organization in Germany.
The head of domestic intelligence said the number of Salafists in Germany has risen alarmingly over the past three years, from 3,800 to at least 6,300. German authorities say that over 450 people have left Germany to fight for extremist groups Iraq and Syria and some 150 are known to have returned, but acknowledge that other German jihadists have not been tracked.