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Lawmaker: Germany Will Send Tornado Jets to Syria

FILE - Tornado fighter jets planes of the reconnaissance squadron 51 "Immelmann" stand on the runway upon arrival at Schleswig airbase in Jagel, near the German-Danish border.

Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets to support France in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a senior lawmaker for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives confirmed on Thursday.

"Germany will be a more active contributor than it has been until now," Henning Otte, defence expert for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said in a statement on Thursday.

"Not only will we bolster our training mission in northern Iraq but we will, among other things, make a contribution to the fight against IS terror with Tornado reconnaissance jets."

Germany is also considering sending a frigate and refuelling planes as part of the mission, coalition sources have said.