Germany may send 1,200 soldiers to fight the Islamic State in Syria by the year end, its army chief said on Sunday.
Germany’s Chief of Defence Volker Wieker told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that 1,200 soldiers are needed to support German air campaign in Syria.
The German military would send up to six Tornado jets to provide intelligence support in the fight against the IS, and a German frigate would guard France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, the same officer said.
The dispatch plan still needs approval from parliament.
The parliamentary debate will be the first practical step after Chancellor Angela Merkel had promised on Wednesday to support France’s anti-terror campaign following the deadly Paris attacks.