BERLIN - Germany's defense minister ruled out on Tuesday any cooperation between German forces due to take part in the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria and President Bashar Assad or his troops.
Speaking shortly before Germany's cabinet meets to approve the deployment of Tornado reconnaissance jets, refueling aircraft, a frigate and up to 1,200 military personnel to the region, Ursula von der Leyen defended the plans.
"The top line is: there will be no cooperation with Assad and no cooperation with troops under his command," von der Leyen told ARD television.