Merkel cabinet backs military role against DAESH

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet supports Germany’s role in fight against DAESH in Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Head of the Federal Chancellery Peter Altmeier during the weekly cabinet meeting, Berlin, Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved of the decision to take an active role in the military campaign against DAESH terrorist group in Syria on Tuesday ruling out any cooperation with the Assad regime and it’s forces in the region.

The cabinet's decision to deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets, to refuel aircraft, to also deploy a frigate and up to 1,200 troops in Syria came in the wake of the Paris attacks carried out by DAESH on November 13.  

Germany’s active role in the Middle East will be the largest military mission since World War II, as the country is trying to avoid foreign military conflicts.

Germany’s Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that Germany’s decision to get involved in the campaign against DAESH was made in an aware state and Germany has been not drawn into war against its will.

According to a letter from the foreign and defence ministers, Germany’s deployment of a large number of military personel was with the purpose of preventing “terrorist acts” from taking place by DAESH and supporting France and other countries fighting against DAESH.

However, the country won’t participate in air strikes of France, the United States and Russia.

Von der Leyen also clarified that Germany won’t have a future with Assad.

"The top line is: there will be no cooperation with Assad and no cooperation with troops under his command," she told ARD television before the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday, stating that the collapse of the state of Syria must be avoided.

Germany was standing with the countries demanding the departure of Assad in order to avoid more civilian deaths in the war torn country.

The voting on the issue is expected to take place next week after the Bundestag lower house of parliament’s debate on Wednesday.

Some opposition party members opposed the decision expressing their concerns of a possible attack on Germany.

“Showing solidarity with France cannot mean undertaking something wrong” said Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele. 

Amid the talks in Vienna on Syria, German Foreign Minister Frank-Steinmeier told Bild daily that they needed some patience and expressed the importance of political process for Syria’s future.


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