Germany declared war against Islamic State this morning as the MPs in Berlin showed the green signal to a huge military funding package that could see its warplanes in the skies above Syria and Iraq.
Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate and up to 1,200 troops will be sent to the region to tackle ISIS after Germany vowed a tougher response to the jihadi regime in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Up to six Tornado jets will provide aerial refuelling and satellite images rather than carrying out direct bombing missions.
Army chief of staff General Volker Wieker said on Sunday the military force would be mobilised “very quickly” once German MPs had given it the go-ahead.
A leaked statement from the German Cabinet read: “The German contribution serves the fight against terrorism under the auspices of the alliance against ISIS and is aimed at supporting in particular France, Iraq and the international alliance in its fight against ISIS.”
The agreed package, which still requires parliamentary approval, would last for one year at a cost of 134 million euros (£94m).