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Germany to send warplanes to bomb Syria as David Cameron reveals 36-page British plan to defeat IS

'Britain cannot afford to stand aside from the fight against the Islamic State'

Published 26/11/2015 | 09:55

French President Francois Hollande (R) escorts British Prime Minister David Cameron
French President Francois Hollande (R) escorts British Prime Minister David Cameron

Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets to support France in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, as Britain decides whether to join the allied forces.

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 "Germany will be a more active contributor than it has been until now," Henning Otte, defence expert for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said in a statement on Thursday.

"Not only will we bolster our training mission in northern Iraq but we will, among other things, make a contribution to the fight against IS terror with Tornado reconnaissance jets."

Germany is also considering sending a frigate and refuelling planes as part of the mission, coalition sources have said.

Britain "cannot afford" to stand aside from the fight against the Islamic State terror group in Syria, David Cameron said earlier today.

The British Prime Minister set out his case for the extension of RAF airstrikes from Iraq into Syria in a written response to a parliamentary committee which had urged caution over the move.

Mr Cameron acknowledged that airstrikes alone will not be enough to defeat IS - also known as Isil, Isis or Daesh - but said they would help to degrade the group's military capability and halt its advance.

He rejected the idea that joining the US, France and other nations in bombing IS in its Syrian strongholds would put Britain at risk of Paris-style terror attacks, saying that the threat to the UK was already "very high".

And he told the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee: "One thing is clear: the threats to our interests and to our people are such that we cannot afford to stand aside and not to act."

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