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German police arrested Fouad Charouali, a French national wanted for his role in the 2003 Casablanca bombings, at an airport in Munich as he was traveling with his family from Paris to Dubai. France had sentenced him to eight years in prison in 2007. His arrest came after Moroccan authorities issued an international arrest warrant; Germany has begun extradition proceedings.
Authorities have arrested four men in an investigation into the sale of prohibited nuclear equipment to Iran. The suspects include German-Iranians Gholamali K. and his son Kianzad; an Iranian named Hossein T. who runs companies involved in Iran's nuclear program; and Rudolph M., an engineer in Weimar.
A classified report by Germany's foreign intelligence agency says that insider attacks against NATO forces are likely to increase, the Taliban reintegration program will be ineffective, Afghan and US peace talks with the Taliban will go nowhere, Afghan president Hamid Karzai is more likely to defer to insurgents than institute needed reforms, and a greater commitment of foreign troops will be needed to stabilize the country after 2014. The head of the German military recently predicted that Afghanistan will be a mandate "according to Chapter VII of the UN Charter."
Chancellor Merkel urged greater tolerance toward the country's four million Muslims and said, "The Islamists are not the Islam of Germany." The Chancellery canceled a visit to Tunisia planned for next month, due to tensions and violence over an anti-Islam film.
A crowd of several hundred gathered in Freiburg to protest the recent controversial anti-Islam film, and a few hundred protesters turned out in Muenster as well. The Interior Ministry postponed a poster campaign intended to counter radical Islam among young people.
German leaders are concerned that a right-wing German group plans to screen an anti-Islam film that has already sparked violence targeting German interests. Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "We are checking if a public screening might disturb the peace and should therefore be prohibited."