Germany Plans 1,200 Support Troops for Syria Campaign, Says Bild

Germany plans to send 1,200 troops to support the escort frigate and reconnaissance and refueling aircraft it has committed to the military campaign in Syria, a top general said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Inspector General Volker Wieker confirmed that Germany’s action against the Islamic State will consist of the deployment of Tornado reconnaissance aircraft, a radar satellite, an escort ship and tanker planes. The deployment will support a French air campaign in Syria and provide protection for a French aircraft carrier, among other objectives.

"From a military point of view, the necessary count of soldiers to service the airplanes and ships is an estimated 1,200," Wieker said. Germany is discussing bases with Turkey and Jordan, he added.

French President Francois Hollande won pledges of military support last week from U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris.

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