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Chancellor Merkel urged greater tolerance toward the country's four million Muslims and said, "The Islamists are not the Islam of Germany." The Chancellery canceled a visit to Tunisia planned for next month, due to tensions and violence over an anti-Islam film.
A crowd of several hundred gathered in Freiburg to protest the recent controversial anti-Islam film, and a few hundred protesters turned out in Muenster as well. The Interior Ministry postponed a poster campaign intended to counter radical Islam among young people.
German leaders are concerned that a right-wing German group plans to screen an anti-Islam film that has already sparked violence targeting German interests. Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "We are checking if a public screening might disturb the peace and should therefore be prohibited."
The head of German intelligence warned that Europe is at great risk of Islamist terrorist attacks, particularly from homegrown extremists and those with links to al Qaeda in Yemen. A report estimates that as many as 100,000 Germans have converted to Islam in the past few years, and that 5-10 % of those converts are Salafists.
Police arrested four men suspected of violating the Iranian arms embargo by arranging to ship millions of dollars' worth of nuclear equipment to Iran. One of the suspects is a German and the other three are German-Iranians. The identity of a fifth suspect has not yet been disclosed.
German intelligence officials worry that the German Salafist group Millatu Ibrahim may be establishing a base in Egypt since the crackdown on the militant group in Germany in June. Over a dozen German Salafists are known to have moved to Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring and the election of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
Germany's intelligence agency estimates that 38,000 of the country's four million Muslims are potential extremists, including about 50 Salafist preachers who are under surveillance. Authorities are debating what to do about Sami A., an al Qaeda-linked preacher in Germany with a large following.