Syria conflict: German MPs vote for anti-IS military mission

Germany's parliament has voted to send military support to the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

MPs approved the plan for a German non-combat role by 445 votes to 146.

Tornado jets – for reconnaissance – a naval frigate and 1,200 soldiers will be sent to the region.

The vote comes after a French request following last month's Paris attacks. Ministers believe Germany is now an IS target too.

On Thursday, British warplanes carried out their first air strikes on IS targets in Syria after the country's parliament authorised the military operation.

This will be Germany's biggest current military operation abroad.

The mandate will initially last a year and will cost €134m (£97m; $146m). READ THIS STORY ON BBC NEWS WEBSITE

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