German parliament approves military campaign against DAESH

German parliament approves sending reconnaissance jets and 1,200 troops to help fight against DAESH

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Tornado aircraft of the Tactical Air Force Wing 51 'Immelmann' is pictured during a demonstration flight at German army Bundeswehr airbase in Jagel near the German-Danish border, December 4, 2015

German lawmakers in lower house of country’s parliament, Bundestag, approved sending military help to fight against DAESH on Friday with support from the coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to plan Germany will send six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate to secure French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and 1,200 military personnel to the region.

The move comes as a response to calls from French President Francois Hollande for solidarity against DAESH after the terrorist group attacked Paris killing 130 people on Nov. 13.

“We are stronger than any terrorism. Nevertheless, terrorism must be fought with all possible force,” Merkel said in her visit to Paris after the attacks.

French President Francois Hollande (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, November 25, 2015.

UK have also raised its efforts against DAESH starting air strikes in Syria following the military approval from parliament on Wednesday.

A US-led coalition including France, Turkey and several regional Arab states have already been bombing DAESH in Syria.

German mission will be limited to aerial reconnaissance as it will not join the US led coalition in air strikes.

The new mission is expected to cost Germany 134 million euros ($146 million) in a year.

It will also be the largest deployment of German troops in an overseas mission as Germany just has less than 1,000 personnel in Afghanistan and agreed to send 600 soldiers to Mali to help French troops fight DAESH there.

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