WORLD-Trend Should the Bundeswehr be militarily involved in Syria?
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If the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, Germany can intervene militarily. According to a report, the Ministry of Defense is examining the appropriate options. Should the Bundeswehr become active? Vote!
DThe world is currently mesmerized by Syria. In Idlib, the last major rebel area, the conflict between different parties has escalated. According to the United Nations, up to 30,000 people were expelled after air strikes this month. Russia, Turkey and Iran had not agreed to act jointly against the expected offensive of the Syrian government at a summit in Tehran. According to a report from the newspaper "Bild", Germany could also become involved in the conflict when it came to the use of chemical weapons.
Recently, Turkey, which supports the opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, has not convinced Russia and Iran, as allies of Syria, of a cease-fire in the province.
Shortly thereafter, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, over 150 bombings were reported over the weekend. The Syrian air force threw explosives into barrels. There was shelling with artillery and missiles.
In Germany it is especially feared that it can revert to poison attacks by the Assad regime. The spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Steffen Seibert, said that there was great concern that "gruesome patterns" of other Syrian battlefields could be repeated there.
The federal government is currently discussing this situation with international allies – so far without result.
According to the CDU politician Norbert Röttgen, Germany should consider joining a military operation of its allies USA, Britain and France in Syria. "When it comes to preventing a new terrible poison gas attack with massive impact on the civilian population, Germany should not close it", said the foreign committee chairman in the Bundestag the newspapers of the "spark-media group".
In principle, the Bundeswehr should be prepared "to participate in reconnaissance flights, damage analyzes after combat missions and combat missions". Sometimes "even if retaliation for an attack with poison is a deterrent for further use of chemical weapons".
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The "Bild" reported that the new Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), in the light of new threatening attacks with chemical weapons, can investigate how the Bundeswehr could contribute to possible reprisals against the Assad regime. Accordingly, it is envisaged to join the alliance of the US, the UK and France, which in the past had air defense targets in Syria.
SPD leader Andrea Nahles, however, has rejected further military options. "The SPD will not approve Germany's participation in the war in Syria neither in government nor in parliament," she said.
Meanwhile, the UN, various governments and aid organizations are afraid of a new humanitarian catastrophe. According to the UN, about three million citizens live in the region, almost half of whom are displaced. "There is a great danger that a battle for Idlib will become a terrible and bloody battle," said Staffan de Mistura, UN mediator for Syria, in a speech to the UN Security Council.
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