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A court is investigating Ismail I., 24, a Lebanese national suspected of fighting last year in Syria for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and two of his accomplices; he was allegedly sent back to Germany by ISIS to procure money and supplies for the group. A court sentenced a Somali pirate chief to 12 years in prison on kidnapping and extortion charges.
The Interior Ministry outlawed the "Waisenkinderprojekt Libanon" (Orphan Children Project Lebanon) as the group serves as a front for Hezbollah fundraising, recruits fighters for Hezbollah, and supports families of suicide bombers. The ban was announced after a five-year investigation. Security forces also raided the group's properties in six states. The group's membership is estimated at 80; about 1,000 Hezbollah supporters are thought to be residing in Germany.
Germany's domestic intelligence agency is said to have curtailed operations with Turkey over suspicions that Turkish intelligence was involved the murder of three female Kurdistan Workers' Party activists in Paris in January 2013. At the time of their deaths, two of the slain women were being investigated by German authorities for links to the PKK.
Emrah Erdogan, a German national of Turkish origin with ties to both al Qaeda in Pakistan and Shabaab in east Africa, was sentenced to seven years in prison. His brother Bunyamin, a would-be suicide bomber, was killed by a drone strike in 2010. Emrah was arrested in Tanzania in 2012 and is suspected of links to a bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as an al Qaeda plot against targets in Germany and Pakistan. Germany plans to provide more training to Malian troops and to relocate its troop transport air base from Senegal to Mali.
The government is becoming increasingly concerned about the flow of German jihadists to Syria; they are now said to number in the low hundreds. Demand for residence permits from former Afghan employees of the German military is rising, following the Taliban's recent murder of a former interpreter. Of the 1,500 Afghans who were employed by Germany, only 184 have been approved for residency.