German cabinet approves military mandate to fight Islamic State in Syria

The German Cabinet has approved a mandate offering military assistance to fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria.
The mandate aims at supporting France and the international alliance in its fight against the IS militant group. Now it requires Parliamentary approval to come into force.
This decision was taken by cabinet after an appeal was made by French President Francois Hollande in the wake of the 13 November Paris attacks carried by the terrorist organisation.
Key facts

  • The German mission will include sending Tornado reconnaissance jets, a refueling aircraft and a frigate for one year and can be extended by year.
  • Under this mandate Germany could deploy up to 1,200 military personnel to support the international alliance but they won’t actively engage in combat missions.
  • Germany will send unspecified number of Tornado aircrafts fitted with surveillance technology for logistics and reconnaissance purpose.
  • These aircrafts can take high-resolution photos and infrared images at night and in bad weather and the tanker aircraft for refuelling of planes in mid-air.
  • A German frigate will help to protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.



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