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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Bryn Matthews

Don’t mention the war!

Adam Bailey-Brown

What action is that? A ferry and bus service?

The article makes quite clear.

Michael Thomas

UK Defence Journal The article simply states ‘Its forces will not engage in combat.’ So what will they be doing? Recon and logistics only?

James Thame

Yeah, they’re sending a frigate to escort the Charles De Gaulle as well

Stuart Brown

Frigate Escort, Recon with GR4 and Air Tankers.

Germany’s constitution only allows them to act militarily in self defence which is why they will only be able to take a supporting role.

Adam Bailey-Brown

Seems people missed the joke.

Michael Thomas

Adam Bailey-Brown Yep. Another Drax moment.

There was a joke?

Jason Bartlett

Just enough to make it look good but not actually attacking….well done germany

David Hollingworth

Germany’s constitution doesn’t allow them to, it’s a hangover from the aftermath of the Second World War.

James Gale

ECR Tornados are an excellent asset providing real time intelligence and are cleared to deploy HARM in the advent of increased SAM concentration. Given Russia is deploying S400 the ECR will provide a strong AR umbrella.

Tom Glyde

No SEAD Tonkas? :/

Tom Glyde

By reconnaissance, I assume they mean the Tornado ECR variant … Useful for SEAD

James Gale

Given the S400 deployment a very useful asset

Ross Hendrie

With over half their aircraft unserviceable?

John Lucas

Go destroy those terrorists.

Matt Andrews

Will they be running the internment camps? Historically they’re very good at that!