Germany shrugs off US request for military support

German Chancellor disregards US call for further military help in eliminating DAESH terrorist group in Syria and Iraq

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Updated Dec 14, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday dismissed America's call for further military support in the operation to fight DAESH in Syria and Iraq which a German magazine reported earlier.

When Merkel was asked by the ZDF broadcaster about the Der Spiegel magazine report regarding the American demand, she said that “I believe Germany is fulfilling its part and we don't need to talk about new issues related to this question at the moment."

Spiegel reported on Saturday that the United States has requested military help from Germany, after the German parliament approved joining the campaign in Syria last week.

In accordance with this, the German mission arrived in Syria, with two jets, an aerial refueling plane alongside 1200 troops. More are expected to arrive in January. 

According to the magazine, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had sent a letter to Berlin asking for a greater military contribution.

A spokesman for the German Defence Ministry confirmed that it received America's request, and that Germany will put this into consideration.

However, Germany stated that it does not have plans to carry out any air strikes in Syria, where a US-led coalition has been carrying out aerial campaigns to fight DAESH in Syria and Iraq since September 30.

Last year, Germany started supporting the Iraqi Kurdish militias in their fight against DAESH by providing them with weapons.

Moreover, Berlin is planning to send 650 troops to Mali to fight against DAESH there alongside the French mission.

The number of German troops deployed overseas is over 3000.

DAESH, declared the formation of a self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq in 2014 with the Syrian city of Raqqa as its capital controls wide swathes of land starting from northwestern Iraq towards northeastern Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies