German Islamist Resurfaces by Video from Afghanistan

Eric Breininger has been one of Germany’s most-wanted men since he joined the Islamist Jihad Union terrorist organization. He’s now resurfaced in a video from Afghanistan. His message: He has no plans for an attack against Germany. German officials have been looking for the young man for months. It is a search that has spanned the globe, but which had largely been fruitless. Until Tuesday that is, when Eric Breininger, a young German man from the western state of Saarland, popped up in an Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) terror video claiming he is currently in Afghanistan. In the video, Breininger — a 21-year-old convert to Islam who has adopted the nom de guerre Abdulgaffar el Almani — sounds little like the terrorist German officials suspect he has become. Indeed, in the six-minute-long clip, which was posted on the IJU Web site on Tuesday, he sounds more like a young schoolboy reading his homework out loud in front of the class. The mini-movie is called “A Call from Hindu Kush,” and its message is clear: “I am currently in Afghanistan and am not personally planning an attack on the country of Germany,” Breininger says into the camera. Yassin Musharbash reports.

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Report: Berlin fears German being groomed as suicide bomber

Police fear that a convert, Eric B, 20, is being groomed by Jihadists to become the first German suicide bomber, according to the news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday. German police had lost track of B several weeks ago in the wilds in or near Afghanistan, where he was in training with Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an Uzbek-origin terrorist group regarded as just as threatening as Arab-based al-Qaeda. The news magazine said the fears were based on a recent IJU claim of responsibility which included a photograph of two men: Said Kurdi, the nom de guerre of a man who blew himself up in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, and B, with the implication that B might do likewise. The two men were shown kneeling in the open air next to an IJU banner. The image was obtained in Berlin last Tuesday. B is a native of Germany’s western state of Saarland. IJU is alleged to have recruited about a dozen German converts to Islam. In the report, to appear in its Monday issue, Spiegel quoted German police officials saying the fact that the two men had trained together “makes a future attack by B all the more likely.”

RVW De l’Allemagne profonde au ” djihad “

Arr_t_s le 4 septembre, deux jeunes Allemands devenus musulmans et un Turc pr_paraient des attentats pour le compte d’un groupe sunnite extr_miste li_ _ Al-Qaida. Itin_raires Ulm (Bade-Wurtemberg), envoy_e sp_ciale C’est un itin_raire qui refl_te le nouveau visage pris par le terrorisme islamiste : celui d’un jeune Allemand, fils de m_decin et d’ing_nieur, qui se convertit _ l’islam pour se mettre ensuite au service d’un r_seau terroriste. Arr_t_ le 4 septembre en m_me temps que deux complices, Fritz G., 28 ans, est soup_onn_ d’avoir tent_ de pr_parer une s_rie d’attentats _ la voiture pi_g_e en Allemagne pour le compte de l’Union islamique du djihad (IJU), un groupe sunnite originaire d’Ouzb_kistan et li_ _ Al-Qaida. Au premier abord, le pr_sum_ terroriste semblait mener une existence ” normale ” _ Ulm, ville de taille moyenne du sud de l’Allemagne. Dans la modeste maison en p_riph_rie de la ville o_ il avait lou_ un appartement, au rez-de-chauss_e, avec sa femme d’origine turque _pous_e en janvier, l’_tudiant _ l’_paisse chevelure brune, ” plut_t bel homme “, a surtout marqu_ son entourage par sa discr_tion. ” On le voyait tr_s rarement, il ne cherchait pas _ nouer de contact “, t_moigne une m_re de famille, qui habite juste en face de cette maison. A l’universit_ technologique o_ il _tait inscrit en quatri_me ann_e d’_tudes d’ing_nieur, le jeune homme ne s’_tait engag_ dans aucune association et n’avait pas attir_ l’attention de ses professeurs. ” C’_tait un _tudiant aux performances moyennes, qui passait totalement inaper_u “, assure le directeur administratif de l’universit_, Herbert Jarosch. Derri_re cette fa_ade lisse se dissimulait pourtant un converti fanatique, consid_r_ comme la ” t_te ” du trio terroriste.