Czech Republic ready to do more in war against ISIS
The Czech military has dispatched another consignment of munitions and hand grenades to Bagdad where it is to assist the Iraqi military and Kurdish fighters in the war against the Islamic State. According to Defense Minister Martin Stropnický, the Czech Republic is likewise ready to respond to France’s need in assisting its intensified operation against IS headquarters in Raqqa.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris that the Czech Republic was ready to assist the destruction of the Islamic State to the best of its abilities and according to Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnický the military is ready to make a contribution within a coordinated international effort. He also said the country was ready to respond to a request for assistance from France which in the wake of the attacks intensified strikes against IS headquarters in Raqqa. According to the defense minister individual assistance from EU member states will be negotiated on a bilateral basis and may involve requests to step in for France elsewhere.
The Czech prime minister said cooperation between the French and Czech intelligence services had intensified following the attacks and repeated that his country was ready to assist France to the best of its means and abilities. While bigger operations –such as sending more soldiers to Mali or deploying the army’s anti-chemical unit - would require approval from Parliament, such proposals are not expected to meet with opposition. There is general agreement across the political spectrum on the need to show solidarity and win this war and on this matter the Czech government has broad support in both chambers of Parliament.