The decision to commit military personnel and hardware is a shift for Germany, which has resisted such direct involvement in the conflict.
On November 23rd, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, committed Britain to the military fight against “grave danger,” ISIS. Germany has now announced it will join the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria by deploying Tornado reconnaissance jets, refueling aircraft and a frigate to the region, after a direct appeal from close partner France for Berlin to do more.
It still has no plans to join France, the United States and Russia in conducting air strikes in Syria.
As the world’s most powerful military forces converge on the Middle East, dangers of the conflict widening increase.
Mr. Cameron, who has ruled out the use of British troops, said that there are “around 70,000 Syrian opposition fighters, principally of the Free Syrian Army, who do not belong to extremist groups, and with whom we can coordinate attacks on ISIL.” Julian Lewis, chairman of the defense select committee, described the assertion as “a revelation to me.”
Mr. Cameron also made a statement that the threat requires a “pan-European effort“.
A former Conservative cabinet minister, Peter Lilley, asked for an assurance that “the Free Syrian Army actually exists rather than is a label that we apply to a ragbag group of clans and tribal forces with no coherent force.”
Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, also called for Britain’s involvement in the conflict.