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August 24, 2015

Denmark to withdraw its fighter jets from Operation Inherent Resolve

Denmark is reportedly planning to temporarily withdraw its Kuwait-based fighter jets supporting international coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in northern Iraq.

By Samseer M

Denmark is reportedly planning to temporarily withdraw its Kuwait-based fighter jets supporting international coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in northern Iraq.

Denmark Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen said that this break will allow the aircraft to undergo repairs and the air force personnel to recover.

Jensen was quoted by Danish Broadcasting Corporation as saying: "The government has decided that our fighter jet contribution should be brought home for a period in order to be repaired and for pilots and other personnel to be restored to health in preparation for being sent out again.

"We are ready to deliver what Denmark can contribute and there are several options."

"We intend to send our F-16s (back) out because ISIL needs to be fought and Denmark should carry its share of the load."

Recently, the plane mechanics stationed in Iraq argued to give the aircraft and crew a break in a bid to carry out repairs on the jets and allow the crew to be free from stress.

Denmark started bombing IS targets in northern Iraq since October with four F-16s, while three other jets are in a reserve capacity.

According to the Danish Defence Ministry, the Danish jets have flown 476 missions and dropped 425 bombs so far as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The new Danish parliament is expected to vote to renew the military mission against IS, The Local reported.

If the mission is extended, the country’s aircraft is expected return to Iraq before summer 2016.

Meanwhile, the minister said the country will look at other ways to support the mission during this break.

Jensen added: "We are ready to deliver what Denmark can contribute and there are several options.

"But I cannot imagine that we will have boots on the ground."

Recently, the US Air Force deployed six F-16 Fighting Falcons multirole jet fighters and 300 personnel to Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, in a bid to support Operation Inherent Resolve.

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