Denmark to engage in combat operations against ISIS


Ash carter

Denmark will expand it's military mission in Syria, as part of a US-led coalition fighting against ISIS in the region.

The European nation's decision to engage in the full spectrum of combat operations in Iraq and Syria will see the country deploying seven F-16 fighters and a C-130J transport aircraft for the mission.

The mission will involve four of the seven F-16 fighter jets conducting air strikes, with the other three to be kept in a reserve capacity.

Meanwhile, the C-130J aircraft will be assigned to drop supplies to allied forces and aid for civilians, reported Reuters.

Additionally, the Danish Parliament has assigned military personal, including special operations forces and support staff to the region.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said: "The decision is a welcome contribution from a valued partner in the counter-ISIL coalition and another sign of the growing momentum for the campaign to defeat ISIL.

"The decision is a welcome contribution from a valued partner in the counter-ISIL coalition and another sign of the growing momentum for the campaign to defeat ISIL."

"Denmark is a steadfast partner in global coalition efforts.

"Its contributions, including strike aircraft, air defence radar, and training and assistance to Iraqi forces, have already been significant."

In October 2014, Denmark commenced the bombing of ISIS targets in northern Iraq.

However, in 2015 Denmark temporarily withdrew its Kuwait-based F-16 fighter jets supporting international coalition airstrikes against ISIS in the region.


Image: Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Danish Defense Minister Peter Christensen at Nato headquarters in Brussels. Photo: courtesy of US DoD / Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz.