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German airforce runs first refuelling mission over Syria

Germany’s military staged its first aerial refuelling mission of allied fighter jets targeting

Syria’s Islamic State jihadist group, the armed forces said.

The A310 MRTT refuelled two combat aircraft yesterday before returning from its five-hour mission shortly after midnight to the southern Turkey military base at Incirlik, said a Bundeswehr spokesman, without identifying the other planes involved.

The tanker aircraft is part of Berlin’s deployment to aid the multinational anti-IS coalition, which also includes six German Tornado surveillance jets, a frigate helping protect the French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and up to 1,200 troops.

Unlike France, the United States and Britain, Germany is not conducting bombing missions.

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