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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.
Authorities are seeking to send Erhan A., 22, a Turkish Salafist from Kempten, back to Turkey after arresting him recently. Erhan has fought in Iraq or Syria, and has links to Islamic State fighters as well as an Islamic State recruiting network in Germany.
German authorities arrested two suspected Shabaab operatives, 30-year-old German-Tunisian dual citizen Mounir T. and 22-year-old German citizen Abdiwahid W., on their arrival in Frankfurt yesterday after being deported from Kenya. On Aug. 29, Kenyan antiterrorism police had arrested German nationals Warsame Abdul Wahid and Tebourbe Mounir in Nairobi after they arrived from Somalia; they were suspected of links to Shabaab.
A recent report by the Interior Ministry notes that 40 women are among the 348 people known to have left Germany to fight for Islamist groups. The report also states that of the 120 German jihadists who have returned from Syria, only about 24 have agreed to cooperate with authorities. German authorities are currently conducting some 140 investigations against Islamic State fighters or supporters, and federal prosecutors have initiated 33 cases involving more than 60 jihadist suspects.