• publish: 4 December 2015
  • time: 10:59 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 2491

Germany joins fight against Daesh

Germany’s parliament has approved plans to provide military assistance in the fight against Daesh militants, including reconnaissance jets and up to 1,200 support personnel.

MPs voted 445 to 146 to back the plan crafted by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet this week following a pledge of greater support in the wake of the attacks in Paris, for which the group has claimed responsibility.

Germany plans to send up to six Tornado reconnaissance planes and tanker aircraft, as well as a frigate to help protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the eastern Mediterranean, but will not actively engage in combat.

Two German Tornados and a tanker are expected to be sent to Turkey’s Incirlik air base next week but will not be fully operational until next month. The frigate is also to be in place soon.

It comes after the German Defence Ministry revealed that only 29 of the country’s 66 Tornado jets are airworthy.

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen pointed out that only six of the operational Tornado jets will be needed for the mission, but the readiness of Germany’s armed forces has long been the subject of criticism.

The vote comes as French President Francois Hollande visited the Charles de Gaulle, which has launched raids against IS bases since the November 13 attacks that killed 130 in Paris.

The government announced it was deploying the ship, France’s only aircraft carrier, to the region a week before the Paris attacks.

The French carrier had previously been deployed in the Persian Gulf from February to April, conducting between 15 and 20 flights per day, according to the French military.

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