Lawmakers on Friday approved plans for Germany to take on a direct role in the battle against the Islamic State (ISIS) 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 favor and 146 against. Seven lawmakers abstained.
The parliamentary vote comes three weeks after ISIS jihadists murdered 130 people in a series of attacks in Paris, prompting France to invoke a clause requiring EU states to provide military assistance to wipe out the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria.
Britain joined the US-led bombing campaign over Syria on Thursday, striking an ISIS-held oil field as the momentum to take action against the jihadist group increases.