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Germany outlines plan to support fight against IS


President Joachim GauckGERMANY could send 1,200 soldiers to the Middle East by the end of the year to support a coalition battling Islamic State (IS), Germany’s top defense official told a newspaper yesterday as his minister backed an international alliance against the group.

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to support the offensive against Islamic State during talks with French President Francois Hollande, who called for more countries to help fight the militants after the November 13 attacks in Paris.

Germany’s defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, called for the alliance for a limited time to combat the militants in a commentary in an advance copy of the Bild newspaper due out today, Reuters reported.

She said the aim of what she called a “special purpose” alliance was to “weaken ISIS, to limit its freedom for maneuver, to destroy its training camps, to win back city by city, destroy its oil revenue and break the aura of invincibility”.

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