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Al-Qaeda recruits Iraq fighters in Germany: secret service

IRNA

Berlin, Nov 20, IRNA -- The al-Qaeda terror network is recruiting 
radical Islamists in Germany and other European countries for 
anti-US attacks in Iraq, the media quoted Wednesday the head of 
Germany`s foreign intelligence service BND, August Hanning, as saying.
"We have evidence that fighters - extremist Islamists- 
have also taken off from Germany to join the fight in Iraq," Hanning 
told the German public television station ARD. 
The official cited also Great Britain and Bosnia as centers for 
al-Qaeda`s European-wide recruitment efforts. 
"We know that several hundred non-Iraqi Islamist extremists are 
active in Iraq," Hanning added. 
He warned that Iraq could become a "crystallization point for 
Islamist extremists", the way it occurred in Soviet-ruled 
Afghanistan. 
Al-Qaeda had used Germany as its logistical headquarters to 
conduct the devastating September 11 kamikaze terror attacks in the 
United States which killed almost 3,000 people. 
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