World Bulletin/News Desk
Germany announced a ban on ISIL on Friday, saying it aimed to prevent the militants from recruiting in Germany, especially via the internet, or from using fighters returning to Europe to carry out attacks.
Coinciding with the launch of a broad U.S. campaign against the militants, which could include air strikes in Syria as well as Iraq, Germany introduced an immediate ban making all ISIL propaganda, symbols and activities illegal.
The move will also ban making donations to the group, meetings and propaganda being distributed. ISIL assets in Germany also to be confiscated and the authorities examine whether to prosecute the group's supporters in the country.
The ban, however, doesn’t mean ISIL has been outlawed as a foreign terrorist organization as a court judgement is needed to do that.
To help counter ISIL military gains in Iraq, Chancellor Angela Merkel has broken with Germany's post-war policy of not sending arms to war zones and has begun to send weapons and equipment to Iraqi Kurds fighting the militants.
"The terrorist organisation ISIL is a threat to public safety in Germany as well," said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, estimating that over 400 Germans have joined ISIL in Iraq and Syria and about 40 have died.
More than 100 are back in Germany including "some with combat experience who have learned to hate", he said.
"We don't know what they are doing, but it could be that they will carry out attacks," said De Maiziere, citing the case of a returning French arrested in connection with an attack on a Jewish museum in Belgium in May.
ISIL runs aggressive German-language recruitment campaigns on social media "to get young women and men to join the jihad and fight and murder", the minister said.
But security services alone cannot stop the radicalisation of young Muslims, de Maiziere said, urging "parents, siblings, neighbours and friends" to help. He praised the main Muslim community groups for standing up to the "barbaric" organisation.
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