German parliament approves anti-IS military mission

BERLIN – Lawmakers on Friday approved plans for Germany to take on a direct role in the battle against the Islamic State militant group in Syria, answering France’s appeal for help.

Parliament voted for the mandate for the deployment of Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate and up to 1,200 troops by an overwhelming majority of 445 votes in favour and 146 against. Seven lawmakers abstained.

This would be Germany’s biggest current military operation abroad. The mandate would initially last a year and would cost $146 million.

On Thursday, British warplanes carried out their first air strikes against the Islamic State militant group in Syria after the country’s parliament authorised the military operation.

After the Paris attacks last month the UN Security Council adopted a French resolution calling on UN member states to “take all necessary measures” to “prevent and suppress terrorist acts” committed by the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups.

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