Video threatens Germany over Afghanistan

German authorities on Sunday were evaluating a purported al-Qaida video in which a speaker appears to threaten Germany over its military presence in Afghanistan. The SITE Intelligence Group, a US-based organization that monitors militant Web sites, said al-Qaida's media production house, Al-Sahab, released the message Saturday. The video, dated October 2008, features a man calling himself "Abu Talha the German," who speaks with his face covered by a black turban. Speaking in fluent though slightly accented German, he notes that Germany - which has more than 3,300 soldiers in Afghanistan - is the largest provider of troops there after the US and Britain.