Germany rebuffs US request for ground troops in Syria
BERLIN-The Associated Press
German media reported over the weekend that the U.S. envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, asked the German government last week to contribute ground troops to the anti-ISIL coalition led by the United States.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on July 8 that "Germany has for years made a considerable and internationally recognized contribution" to the coalition that includes training Iraqi troops, doing aerial reconnaissance and refueling allied aircraft.
He says Germany favors continuing its existing coalition functions and "it's known that this doesn't include ground troops."
Seibert says Berlin is discussing with allies the future military and civilian efforts needed to stabilize the region and how the responsibilities will be divided among participating countries.