Syria crisis: German parliament votes for military strikes against Isis

 
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The German parliament has voted in favour of sending military support to the US-led coalition targeting the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria.

The vote will result in Germany's biggest current military operation overseas, costing €134m (£97m) for the one year mandate.

However, the Bundestag did not vote for a combative role, but one that will supply tornado jets for reconnaissance and a naval frigate, along with 1,200 soldiers.

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Of the 598 lawmakers who took part in the vote, 445 voted for, 146 against and seven abstained, according to Reuters.

The vote comes after the House of Commons earlier this week voted to extend air strikes against Isis in Syria, with 397 MPs in favour against 223 opposed.

On Thursday British war planes carried out their first air strikes in Syria.

Read more: MPs vote to extend anti-Isis air strikes into Syria

The decision by Germany's parliament comes in the wake of the Paris attacks that took place last month, with German ministers now believing Germany is an Isis target.

France also invoked Article 42.7, an EU Treaty clause on mutual defence, to get help from its EU partners in the fight against IS. It states: "If a member state is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other member states shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power, in accordance with article 51 of the United Nations charter.”

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