US asks for military help from Germany to fight DAESH

US Defense Secretary sends letter to Germany demanding military support in fighting DAESH

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

German magazine Der Spiegel has reported on Saturday that the United States has requested a military help from Germany after the parliament had approved joining the campaign in Syria.

According to Der Spiegel, the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had sent a letter to Berlin demanding for a bigger military contribution.

A German Defence Ministry spokesman confirmed the American request, which Germany will put it under consideration.

However, Germany does not have plans to carry any air strikes in Syria, where a US-led coalition has started an aerial campaign to fight DAESH in Syria and Iraq since September 30.

Germany is intending to send around 1200 troops to Syria. Last year, Germany started supporting the Iraqi Kurdish militias in their fighting against DAESH by providing them weapons.

Moreover, Berlin is planning to send 650 troops to Mali to fight against DAESH there alongside the French mission. However, the number of German troops deployed overseas is over 3000.

DAESH, declaring 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.

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