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Germany votes to join US-led fight against ISIS in Syria

Germany is to join U.S.-led military operations against ISIS in Syria after lawmakers voted Friday to back an expanded role in the campaign.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (R) walk during a session of the Bundestag, the German lower house of parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 4, 2015. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (R) walk during a session of the Bundestag, the German lower house of parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 4, 2015. 

Germany is to join U.S.-led military operations against ISIS in Syria after lawmakers voted Friday to back an expanded role in the campaign — but its forces will not participate directly in airstrikes.

The change comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to honor a request from France in the wake of the attacks in Paris to provide support for its fight against the extremist group.