Germany’s cabinet agreed Wednesday to send up to 100 soldiers to Iraq to train Kurdish fighters locked in a battle with Islamic State militants.

The plan, which is expected to gain parliamentary approval early next year, underlines how Germany is slowly revising its traditionally pacifist stance and assuming a bigger role in foreign conflicts despite still cautious public opinion.

While German personnel won’t engage in combat, the decision comes just months after Chancellor Angela Merkel told a regional election rally in Germany that her government wouldn’t send soldiers to Iraq. […]