Wars and Military Conflicts

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
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