On Saturday, a German magazine reported that the United States asked Germany for more military help in the fight against ISIS.
The request comes a week after the German Parliament approved a plan to join the anti-ISIS campaign in Syria.
According to Reuters, the magazine said U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter sent a letter to the German government asking for a bigger military contribution to the fight against ISIS.
Germany currently has six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to protect a French aircraft carrier, a refueling aircraft, and 1,200 troops committed to the fight against ISIS.
The German government deployed the troops in response to a French appeal for solidarity after the terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. The German government doesn’t plan to carry out any airstrikes in Syria.
A spokesman for the German Defense Ministry confirmed a letter from the United States was received by the German government, and its content was under consideration. The spokesman refused to provide more details.
Over the past two years, Germany has shown that it is willing to commit troops to foreign missions.
Last week, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Germany might need a bigger military to cope with the country’s new assertive role.
Germany currently has more than 3,000 armed forces personnel deployed overseas and the Syria mission will increase the number by 1,200.
Ursula von der Leyen also wants to send some troops to Mali to help France’s campaign against Islamist militants in the country.
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