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Germany draws up plans to join military action in Syria

Germany has drawn up plans to join the military campaign against the so-called Islamic State in Syria, a government official said.

Germany's cabinet agreed plans to join military action in Syria Credit: Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed plans to deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets, refuelling aircraft, a frigate and up to 1,200 military personnel to the region.

The lower house of parliament will hold a vote tomorrow - the same day that British MPs will debate and vote on plans for the UK to join airstrikes in the war-torn country.

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen ruled out any cooperation between German forces and President Bashar al-Assad or his troops

Germany's cabinet is made up of conservatives, led by Merkel, and the centre-left Social Democrats, with whom she shares power.


Bombing Syria 'will make IS more likely to attack UK'

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has warned that Britain joining airstrikes in Syria would only serve to make so-called Islamic State militants more determined to "come here and kill us".

Ken Livingstone Credit: PA

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that having troops on the ground was the only way to defeat the extremist group.

No one is going to get safer. We are going to get more at-risk.

I should imagine the security services are warning the Prime Minister that we are already at risk and that this bombing exercise will almost certainly heighten that risk.

They will be more determined to come here and kill us.

What we have got to do if we want to defeat Isis is actually organise that occupation of the area as we did after the defeat of Germany. We had troops on the ground. We showed them a better way of life.

– Ken Livingstone

He also defended his comments blaming Tony Blair for the 7/7 bombings, and saying that those behind them "gave their lives" for their beliefs, saying: "I simply told the truth."


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