Germany Sends More Trainers to Kurdistan
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet decided Wednesday to deploy an additional 50 troops to missions against Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in Kurdistan Region.
They will be deployed to the Kurdistan Region to train Kurdish troops also battling ISIS.
The boost to the mission must be approved by parliament, which is seen likely in coming weeks given the strong majority of Merkel's coalition government.
In the Kurdistan Region, Germany will increase from 50 to 150 troops in its mission to provide weapons training to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.
In November, after the Islamic State group attacks in Paris, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen had vowed to support France.
"We will and must stand firmly by France's side and do everything we can to help in this situation," von der Leyen said at the time.