German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) and her Georgian counterpart Tinatin Khidasheli inspect a military honor guard during a welcoming ceremony before talks in Berlin Nov. 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ
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Germany is planning to deploy 1,200 troops to help France in the fight against ISIS in Syria, its army chief said Sunday, in what would be the military's biggest deployment abroad.Berlin on Thursday offered France Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate, aerial refueling and satellite images in the fight against ISIS.Post-war Germany has been traditionally reluctant to send troops abroad, although it has joined UN-mandated missions in the Balkans and elsewhere, and the NATO coalition in Afghanistan.After France last week invoked a clause requiring EU member states to provide military assistance after the Paris attacks, Germany swiftly announced its participation in the fight in Syria.
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