By Parliament OK, Germany Will Launch Military Operation in Syria

By Parliament OK, Germany Will Launch Military Operation in Syria
Fri Dec 4, 2015 15:14:37

The German parliament (Bundestag) has approved launching a military campaign against Daesh terrorist organization in Syria.

The move was supported by 445 German lawmakers, while 146 voted against the anti-Daesh (ISIL/ISIS or socalled Islamic State), campaign, seven lawmakers abstained.

The decision now needs to be approved by the country’s Bundesrat consisting of representatives of the 16 federal regions of Germany.

The German campaign against Daesh is initially planned through December 31, 2016, and will cost the Germans approximately 134 million euros and include up to 1,200 servicemen.

Germany plans to send up to six Tornado surveillance aircraft to Syria and a frigate to support the French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier deployed in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The move was already backed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet on Tuesday, sputniknews reports.

Following World War II Germany adopted a constitution which forbids participating in wars on foreign soil, therefore Berlin cannot carry out airstrikes. That is why the German involvement is expected to be limited to support and reconnaissance.

Being a member of the US-led coalition against Daesh, Berlin has so far provided only logistical and technical assistance to the international alliance, refraining from participation in the coalition’s airstrikes.

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