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Germany bans aiding Islamic State

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Germany said Friday it had prohibited activities in support of Islamic State, which has captured a swathe of Iraq and Syria, warning the “terrorist” group also posed a threat in Europe.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the immediate ban included the recruitment of jihadist fighters, the public display of Islamic State (IS) symbols and signs and social media propaganda.

“Germany is a well-fortified democracy, there’s no place here for a terrorist organisation which opposes the constitutional order as well as the notion of international understanding,” he said in a statement.

The radical Islamist group, which has committed horrifying atrocities in Iraq and Syria, is also a public security threat in Germany, De Maiziere said, adding: “We are resolutely confronting this threat today.”

The move, which had been called for by lawmakers from different parties, covers all activities on German soil, including via social media, to support or promote the group at demonstrations or by trying to gather fighters or funding.

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