Germany to send jets to help France in anti-DAESH campaign

Germany preparing to send Tornado reconnaissance jets to help France in anti-DAESH campaign, as well as other types of military assistance

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

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

Germany plans to deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets in Syria to help France in the war against DAESH, in the aftermath of the terrorist group’s November 13 attacks in Paris.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her visit to Paris on Wednesday, told French President Francois Hollande that it was Germany’s “duty to reflect” and to “act quickly” against DAESH.

"We are stronger than any terrorism. Nevertheless, terrorism must be fought with all possible force," Merkel said.

Germany, however, is not planning to start conducting air strikes in Syria against the terrorist group. US, France and several other Gulf Arab nations have been hitting DAESH targets in Syria and the UK is thought to be joining them soon. 

A German MP from Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Henning Otte said "Germany will be a more active contributor than it has been until now."

Earlier Hollande asked Germany to assist France in anti-DAESH offensive, following the deadly attacks.

Germany’s plans to provide military assistance is not confined to reconnaissance operations.

German officials said Merkel promised Hollande four to six Tornado jets.

They said the country also promised a frigate to help protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and plans to deploy an army satellite over Syria.

Otto said the country will reinforce its military training mission in northern Iraq as well.

"We will step up our commitment in the fight against IS terror, among other things with RECCE reconnaissance Tornados," he said, using a different acronym for DAESH.

The German air force has 85 Tornado planes.

Following the Paris attacks, France invoked a clause requiring EU member states to support France in the anti-DAESH campaign. Given this, Germany says gaining parliamentary approval for military assistance to France should not be difficult.

Germany already said it will send up to 650 soldiers to Mali as part of a peacekeeping mission in the West African country.

TRTWorld and agencies