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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.
A classified German intelligence report said a "German camp" has been established in Syria for German-speaking jihadists and that German Islamists in Syria have set up media centers to foster recruitment. Eight German jihadists are thought to have died in Syria. The number of European jihadists in Syria has risen to about 1,000, much higher than the 250 estimated in late 2012.
German intelligence estimates that more than 1,000 Europeans, including 150 Muslims from Kosovo, are fighting against the Assad regime in Syria.
Germany's spy chief said that about 170 German Islamists have traveled to Syria for jihad, and warned that 50 have gone to Syria in recent months. Chancellor Merkel appears likely to win a third term in general elections today.
General Wieker, the head of the German military, told lawmakers that the influence of al-Qaeda linked forces within the Syrian opposition was becoming stronger and stronger. A German newspaper claimed that a German spy ship intercepted calls in recent months from Syrian commanders asking the Assad regime for permission to use chemical weapons but that the permission was repeatedly denied. Another German news report said that German intelligence and the CIA jointly tracked German Islamists from 2005 until 2010, when the cooperation ended.