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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."
The head of German intelligence warned that Europe is at great risk of Islamist terrorist attacks, particularly from homegrown extremists and those with links to al Qaeda in Yemen. A report estimates that as many as 100,000 Germans have converted to Islam in the past few years, and that 5-10 % of those converts are Salafists.