The Bundeswehr (Federal Defence) leadership intends to use significantly more than 1,000 troops in operations in Syria, announced Inspector General Volker Wieker.
"From a military standpoint, the necessary for the operation of aircraft and ships, the number is expected to be about 1,200 servicemen and women," announced the General in Bild am Sonntag.
The mission will be the largest deployment of German forces abroad since WWII.
After the decision to participate in the military operation, which in principle came on Thursday, the Defense Department is now working on the details, Die Welt writes.
On Tuesday, the Cabinet will decide, and the deliberations in the Bundestag should not take long. Action could "occur very rapidly after the mandate", Wieker said.
Germany will contribute with Tornado jets and a warship in the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic State. In addition, a tanker aircraft and satellite reconnaissance are made available.
Two weeks after the attacks of Paris, the federal government has decided to comply with a corresponding request from France's President Francois Hollande - to smash ISIS.
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