Germany rebuffs US request for ground troops in Syria

Germany says it is not considering sending ground troops to Syria as part of its contribution to fighting the Islamic State group

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday 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.

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.