The German cabinet has backed plans for military support in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.

Tornado reconnaissance aircraft, a frigate and a 1,200-strong force will be sent to the region. Germany decided to join the fight against IS after an appeal by French President Francois Hollande in the wake of the 13 November Paris attacks.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Bild newspaper before Tuesday’s cabinet meeting:

“We are doing what is militarily necessary, what we can do best, and what we can back politically. Against an opponent like IS we need plenty of stamina.”

The mandate is for one year at a cost of £94m and can be extended next year. Its forces will not engage in combat.



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