Germany to deploy 1,200 soldiers to Syria
Germany plans to send 1,200 soldiers into Syria to support a naval frigate as well as reconnaissance and refueling aircraft in battle against the Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

The deployment was outlined by Germany's Chief of Defense Volker Wieker in an interview published by the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.

Wieker stated that deployments are still pending parliamentary approval but a mandate is expected before the end of the year and that the deployment could “occur very rapidly after mandating.”

In accordance to the plans, a German naval frigate would escort France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and Germen jets would be used to photograph the region and refuel US-led coalition jets, allegedly engaged in targeting IS positions in the region.

"From a military point of view for the servicing of the planes and ships, about 1,200 soldiers would be necessary," said the defense chief.

He noted that four or six Germen air force Tornado jets would be stationed in either Jordan or Turkey.

Wieker said he did not believe that Germany’s participation in the actual air strikes was necessary for now.

"What makes sense militarily is what is necessary," he said. "In this case, that is our ability to carry out reconnaissance."

News Code: 11975  |  Date: 2015/11/30  |  Time: 11 : 17

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