Against the backdrop of potential chemical attacks by the Syrian regime in the province of Idlib, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is exploring how Germany can engage in military retaliatory actions against the army of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. BILD has learned the German Ministry of Defense is considering participating in the alliance of the USA, Great Britain and France in the future,

but only if Assad troops were to use chemical weapons against their own population again. In April 2018, the three powers flew air attacks against selected targets of the regime after the Syrian army attacked the city of Duma, near the capital Damascus, with chemical weapons. At the time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had ruled out Germany’s participation in “military actions.” READ MORE