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Germany in secret talks with US on military support in Syria

Germany in secret talks with US on military support in Syria

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Ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Berlin, the German outlet Spiegel reported that Washington has been urging Berlin to support a buffer zone in northern Syria. The zone is meant to shield the Kurds, whose militia has been supported by the US, from both Turkey and the government forces of Bashar Assad. The German government has signalled during months-long secret talks with the US that it would be prepared to take part in securing a safe zone in northern Syria, Spiegel reports. According to the outlet, Berlin has suggested that the mission of the German Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, in Jordan could be extended for this purpose. The mandate for a German deployment called “Camp Sonic” to remain at a Jordanian Air Force base in order to counter Daesh expires in October. It includes specially equipped “Tornado” jets that are assisting the US-led anti-Daesh coalition with reconnaissance and aerial refuelling over Syria. However, as the German outlet points out, it is…
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