Merkel appeared with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who has indicated he is amenable to President Donald Trump’s insistence that the alliance increase its commitment to the U.S. led anti-ISIS effort.
Daily Caller Trump pushed Stoltenberg to “adapt to the challenges of the future” during his April 12 visit. “This includes upgrading NATO to focus on today’s most pressing security and all of its challenges, including migration and terrorism,” he continued.
NATO is reportedly considering establishing an office solely dedicated to counter-terrorism. NATO officials, however, are reluctant to commit to the post without agreement from allies that counter-terrorism should be a priority. They are also seeking extra funding for training initiatives.
“I want to state very clearly, that even if such a decision is made, it will not mean that any military activity that Germany currently carries out, for instance, AWACS surveillance, will be expanded or something like that,” Merkel emphatically declared. Germany only contributed approximately 150 troops to the anti-ISIS mission to train, advise, and assist forces according to an August 2016 Congressional Research Service report.
Trump also pressed Merkel to increase Germany’s contribution to NATO, saying in March he “reiterated to Chancellor Merkel our strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense.”
Merkel also indicated she would not join the U.S. or NATO in increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan. (Of course not, she needs money to spend on 2 million Muslim invaders in Germany)
On the other hand, ISIS has threatened Germany with even more attacks and has even called for an attack on Germany’s International Airport. An official Islamic State media wing launched a campaign urging ISIS supporters: “Do what your brothers in Belgium did!”
Vocativ The Islamic State threatened Germany and called for an attack on the international airport in Cologne just days after deadly attacks struck an airport and a subway station in Brussels.
An official ISIS media wing, al-Furat, launched the campaign late on Wednesday, distributing photoshopped images showing the German chancellor’s office engulfed in flames and an ISIS fighter standing in front of the Cologne Bonn Airport in western Germany, Vocativ’s deep web analysts discovered.
The image of the chancellor’s office shows a masked militant, a tank and an ISIS flag waving next to the building. “Germany is a battlefield,” it declares.
The picture of the airport includes a call for violence: “Do what your brothers in Belgium did!” it says, in a message to ISIS loyalists.
As part of the campaign, the media wing also published pictures showing a beheading, a German flag on fire and bloody faces of children, seemingly in an effort to show how children have been injured in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.
Since the terror attacks in Brussels, ISIS has released at least four videos threatening the West with more attacks, declaring we’re in an “an era of war” and announcing that the Brussels violence was an act of revenge for airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.