Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet has approved extending Germany’s military participation in an international coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).
The government extended the Bundeswehr’s training of local Iraqi forces until October 31, 2020, Merkel’s spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said on Wednesday.
A shorter extension that expires on March 31 was applied to the use of Germany’s Jordan-based Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and also the use of German refueling aircraft for anti-IS missions, AP said.
The international coalition’s work has been “bearing fruit” with the extremist group’s widespread defeat in Iraq, according to Demmer. The mission caps German military participation at 700 troops.