German lawmakers OK mission against Islamic State militants

December 4, 2015 3:28 PM

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BERLIN (AP) - German lawmakers on Friday overwhelmingly approved a broad noncombat mission to aid the fight against Islamic State militants, sending reconnaissance jets and a frigate following France’s call for help after last month’s deadly attacks in Paris.

Parliament voted 445 in support of the plan and 146 against with seven abstentions. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet had agreed upon the measures as a response to French President Francois Hollande’s request for support for its operations against IS in Syria.

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