German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere attends a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin February 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
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Germany said Friday it had prohibited activities in support of ISIS, warning the "terrorist" group operating in Iraq and Syria also posed a threat to Europe.The German government has ruled out taking part in U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS who, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency estimates, now has about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground in Iraq and Syria.The ISIS ban comes amid calls this week from some politicians and media for Germany to crackdown on radical Islamist propaganda by ultra-conservative Salafists, after a small group of men took to the streets calling themselves the "Sharia Police".U.S. President Barack Obama this week vowed to expand an offensive against ISIS extremists, foreseeing new air strikes against ISIS in Syria, expanded attacks in Iraq and new support for Iraqi government forces.
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