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Merkel dismisses U.S. request for a lot more military aid against Islamic State

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday brushed off what a Germany magazine stated was a request from the United States to provide far more military aid in the fight against Islamic State.

“I think Germany is fulfilling its portion and we do not need to have to speak about new concerns associated to this question at the moment,” Merkel told the ZDF broadcaster when asked about the Der Spiegel magazine report of the U.S. request.

Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had sent a letter asking for a larger military contribution from Germany, a week after parliament approved a program to join the campaign in Syria.

A German Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed a letter had been received from the United States and its content was under consideration, providing no further particulars.

Der Spiegel said the letter did not make distinct demands and was equivalent to requests sent to other U.S. partners.

Germany’s mission contains six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 troops.

The deployment is a direct response to a French appeal for solidarity soon after militant attacks in Paris killed 130 people. Germany does not strategy to carry out air strikes in Syria.

Germany has over the past two years shown a developing readiness to commit troops to foreign missions.

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen mentioned final week Germany may well require larger armed forces to cope with the a lot more assertive function.

More than three,000 personnel are currently deployed overseas and the Syria mission will raise that by up to 1,200. Von der Leyen also wants to send 650 troops to Mali to help the French campaign against Islamist militants there.

Germany last year began arming Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold Writing by Joseph Nasr Editing by Alison Williams)

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Russia to consider Afghanistan’s request for arms provide ‘carefully’

MOSCOW Russia will contemplate Afghanistan’s request for arms provide in a cautious manner, but that activity belongs very first of all to the United States, RIA news agency cited Kremlin’s specific envoy to Afghanistan as saying on Monday.

Zamir Kabulov told the agency that Russia has currently received some requests from Afghanistan.

“They are becoming worked out, but all will be decided proportionally, reasonably and carefully,” Kabulov mentioned. “Let the Americans take care of the supplies as they are there with NATO forces – this is the their difficulty very first of all.”

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly editing by Polina Devitt)

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Exclusive: U.S. puts request for bigger Turkish air part on hold

WASHINGTON Considering that Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last week, the United States has quietly put on hold a lengthy-standing request for its NATO ally to play a a lot more active role in the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State.

The move, disclosed to Reuters by a U.S. official, is aimed at permitting just adequate time for heightened Turkey-Russia tensions to ease. Turkey has not flown any coalition air missions in Syria against Islamic State since the Nov. 24 incident, two U.S. officials mentioned.

The pause is the newest complication over Turkey’s function to have tested the patience of U.S. war planners, who want a a lot more assertive Turkish contribution — specifically in securing a section of border with Syria that is noticed as a essential provide route for Islamic State.

As Britain begins strikes in Syria and France ramps up its part in the wake of last month’s attacks on Paris by the extremist group, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter publicly appealed this week for a higher Turkish military role.

The best U.S. priority is for Turkey to safe its southern border with Syria, the first official stated. U.S. concern is focused on a roughly 60-mile (98-km) stretch used by Islamic State to shuttle foreign fighters and illicit trade back and forth.

But the United States also desires to see far more Turkish air strikes devoted to Islamic State, even as Washington firmly supports Ankara’s strikes against Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers Celebration (PKK), viewed by each countries as a terrorist group.

Carter told a congressional hearing this week that most Turkish air operations have been targeted at the PKK rather than at Islamic State, but U.S. officials acknowledge some promising signs from Turkey, like moves to secure key border crossings.

For example, Turkish F-16 fighter jets last month joined an air operation to assistance Syrian rebels taking back two villages from Islamic State along the so-known as Mara Line, a senior Obama administration official told reporters, speaking on situation of anonymity.

The United States does not give information on the quantity or sort of missions performed by Turkish air force flights in Syria.

Turkey rejects any suggestion it is not playing its component in the fight against ISIL.

  “We have taken part in at least half of the operations,” a senior Turkish official told Reuters. “Apart from that, Turkey takes portion in identifying targets and offering logistics and bases. We are in close cooperation with the U.S.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin branded Turkey’s shoot-down a war crime on Thursday and mentioned Turkey would face additional sanctions. Moscow has already banned some Turkish food imports as portion of a wider package of retaliatory sanctions.

The United States hopes that tensions among Moscow and Ankara will ease rapidly, permitting Turkey to take a more prominent role inside the U.S.-led coalition’s air campaign, the very first official mentioned.

The Pentagon declined to comment on the status of Turkish flights given that the shoot-down. Two Turkish officials declined to straight comment but stressed that Turkey remained portion of the air coalition.

“For us practically nothing has changed,” a senior Turkish official told Reuters.

U.S. officials stressed that overall coalition air operations had been unaffected by the tensions in between Turkey and Russia.

There is debate inside the Obama administration on how challenging to push Turkey. U.S. officials broadly acknowledge its assistance has been crucial to the U.S.-led campaign in Syria, permitting the coalition to stage strike missions out of a Turkish air base.

Turkey, for its component, has grown frustrated over the past handful of years at what it sees as indecision on the element of the United States and its Western allies, arguing that only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s removal from energy can bring lasting peace.

(Extra reporting by Nick Tattersall in Istanbul and Jonathan Landay in Washington editing by Stuart Grudgings.)

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