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German cabinet backs plans to join military campaign against IS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on Tuesday on plans to join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria, a government official said.

Under the plans, Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets, refueling aircraft, a frigate and up to 1,200 military personnel to the region.

The Bundestag lower house of parliament will hold a vote on Wednesday.

Merkel's cabinet is made up of her own conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), with whom she shares power.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Hannibal Hanschke | Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel