syria mission

Trial and Terror

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) nimmt am 04.12.2015 an der Sitzung des Bundestags in Berlin teil. Der Bundestag entscheidet über den geplanten Einsatz der Bundeswehr gegen die Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat (IS) in Syrien. Bis zu 1200 Soldaten sollen zunächst bis Ende 2016 mit Aufklärungsflügen und einer Fregatte den Kampf gegen den IS-Terror unterstützen. Foto: Kay Nietfeld/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Tough choices for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    In the past, facing conflict, Germany has tended to pacifism but the mood is changing.

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    • On Friday, the German Bundestag approved a plan to join the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria: 445 voted for and 146 against a plan to send 1,200 German military personnel, six jets, a naval frigate and refueling aircraft.
    • The deployment falls short of committing Germany to airstrikes and direct combat in the conflict.
    • Germany has tended to pacifism but in a recent poll, 58 percent favored limited military engagement.
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Whether it was a question of Germany participating in missions in Afghanistan, Iraq or Mali, or Russia’s advance into Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel always sought to avoid the word “war.”

Now for the first time during her term in office, Angela Merkel is sending German soldiers into an ongoing combat mission.

This is not the first German military action, but it is Merkel’s first war.

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