German Cabinet approved military aid to fight ISIS in Syria

Dec 2, 2015 11:11 IST

The German Cabinet on 1 December 2015 approved a mandate offering military assistance to back the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria. The move is aimed at supporting France and the international alliance in its fight against the organisation.

The mandate is for one year at a cost of 134 million euros (142 million dollars) and can be extended next year.

The German mission, which has yet to be approved by Parliament, includes sending Tornado reconnaissance jets, a refueling aircraft and a frigate to protect a French aircraft carrier.

The country could also deploy up top 1200 military personnel to support the international alliance, but the forces will not engage in combat.

Germany decided to join the fight against ISIS after an appeal by French President Francois Hollande in the wake of the 13 November 2015 Paris attacks. Hollande in last week of November 2015 travelled to US, UK, Germany and Russia in search of what he called a grand and single coalition against ISIS.

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