The NEFA Foundation has obtained and translated a video release on October 21 , 2008 of Eric Breininger, a German convert to Islam, who traveled to Pakistan and joined the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU). In the first half of 2008 the German authorities issued a warning that Breininger might be preparing attacks against German troops and buildings in Afghanistan. Recently, the German authorities issued a second warning that Breininger and his co-fighter from Germany al-Malla had left the Afghanistan-Pakistan area and might be heading for Western Europe. In this video statement Breininger explains in German that he is still in Afghanistan and is not planning attacks in Germany.
In an interview published on the NEFA site in June 2008, Breininger warned that “Germany – along with every other nation taking part in the occupation [of Afghanistan] – should expect attacks by Muslims.” For more on the IJU, see the October 2008 Special Report authored by NEFA Director of Analysis and Research Ron Sandee. (See the video and transcript here)