Germany plans to deploy Tornado jets to help the military campaign against 'IS' in Syria - without a UN mandate. A paradigm shift in German foreign policy? Markus Kaim (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) provides some analysis.
The government in Berlin is intending to temporarily extend its military missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, a German magazine has reported. The move suggests Chancellor Angela Merkel is expecting long coalition talks.
Germany’s military has finished its withdrawal from Turkey’s airbase Incirlik, prompted by Ankara’s refusal to allow visits by German parliamentarians. Bundeswehr planes will instead be based in Jordan.
After the Berlin Christmas market attack, most Germans said they were in favor of expanded operations in the fight against IS, a survey showed. German reconnaissance jets have been helping coalition airstrikes.
The Turkish government has again banned German lawmakers from visiting the country's military base at Incirlik. Markus Kaim, a defense expert, tells DW that Germany should not pull its soldiers out.
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