German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen talks with Volker Wieker, Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, during a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on December 2, 2015 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / BERND VON JUTRCZENKA
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Germany's defense minister appealed to lawmakers Wednesday to back plans to join the military campaign against Daesh (ISIS) insurgents in Syria, arguing that Europe must not be intimidated by the threat of attacks but respond resolutely.Germany, already arming Iraqi Kurds fighting Daesh, is stopping short of joining the United States, France and Russia in airstrikes but plans to send up to 1,200 soldiers, six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate and refueling aircraft.The Left's Dietmar Bartsch voiced concern that joining military action would raise the security threat for Germany.Bild deputy editor Nikolaus Blome wrote that there was no alternative to the military campaign against Daesh and a visible contribution from the Germany army, but it would be risky.
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