Scott Horton translates the German press. Money quote:

The three terror suspects said to have planned massive attacks in Germany are in accordance with investigations to date members of a German cell of the Islamic Jihad Union. This organization is said to stand in close contact with al Qaeda.

The Islamic Jihad Union is according to information provided by Attorney General Monika Harms a Sunni group which is principally active in Central Asia, which split off of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The German cell was founded in the winter of 2006.

According to a report of the U.S. Department of State from April 2007, this group is pursuing objectives in Uzbekistan such as the toppling of Uzbek President Islam Karimov and the establishment there of an Islamic state. In early 2004 a total of 47 people were killed in attacks on local markets and police stations according to this information, among them 33 terrorists.

So the travails of Uzbekistan end up potentially killing Americans in Germany. Welcome to our new world.

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