November 26, 2015 / 1:26 PM / 5 years ago

Germany will send Tornado jets to Syria, lawmaker confirms

Tornado jet fighter planes of the reconnaissance squadron 51 'Immelmann' stand on the runway upon arrival at Schleswig airbase in Jagel near the German-Danish border November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets to support France in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, a senior lawmaker for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives confirmed on Thursday.

“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.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Noah Barkin

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