Germany: Second al-Qaida video in a week surfaces online

Germany Second al-Qaida

A second al-Qaida video featuring a German speaker has surfaced online, but it does not contain specific threats against the country, Germany's Interior Ministry said Sunday. The speaker on the video is most likely Bekkay Harrach, who uses the pseudonym Abu Talha, a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry said. The spokeswoman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy, said that German intelligence services are evaluating the authenticity of the video. On Friday, al-Qaida posted a video with Harrach issuing a threat in connection with Germany's troop presence in Afghanistan - prompting authorities to step-up security a week ahead of national elections next weekend. Sunday's video shows a still image of a masked man under the German title "O Allah, I love you." An 39-minute audio message in German, presumably spoken by Hallach, talks about jihad and the issue of sin in Islam. The message also mentions Afghanistan.