Portugal has refused troop deployment against jihadists

Portugal’s President Cavaco Silva has guaranteed that the country “unequivocally supports” the international coalition against Islamic jihadist terrorists, but confirmed that there are no plans to deploy military forces.
Speaking at a press conference in Braga, the President explained that deploying troops would require careful analysis of the “risks and threats” of such a decision by the National Defence Council – made up of high-ranking military officials, Cavaco Silva himself and Prime Minister Passos Coelho.
Earlier this week, Defence Minister José Pedro Aguiar-Branco had already announced that Portugal would be joining the international coalition against the Islamic State, possibly providing “training, intelligence” as well as other humanitarian options.