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In an interview with the editorial board of the German Armed Forces, the American Ambassador in Germany, John B. Emerson, explains his expectations of German security policy. Germany’s commitment to the fight against the Islamic State and its crucial role in resolving the Ukraine conflict would be greatly appreciated in the United States. The relations between the United States and Germany are for the Ambassadors essential.
In future Germany aims to provide more support for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). As of February, the ceiling on troops is to be raised from 150 to 650, the Cabinet has decided. The motion must still be approved by the German Bundestag.
Germany is stepping up its fight against the terrorist organisation IS. Up to 150 German soldiers are to train Peshmerga fighters and members of the Iraqi security forces. The German Bundestag must still approve the Cabinet decision.
With a large majority, the German Bundestag has voted to approve the deployment of the Bundeswehr in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS). Up to 1,200 Bundeswehr troops are to support the international alliance against the terrorist organisation.
To support the fight against the terrorist organisation IS, the first German Tornado jets have taken off on reconnaissance missions. They have taken high resolution photos. The Bundeswehr has up to six Tornado jets stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
Source: German Federal Ministry of Defence
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