Denmark expands ISIS fight to Syria

Denmark expands ISIS fight to Syria

Denmark has only operated in the military component of the counter ISIS mission in Iraq.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon in the Turkish Airforce (Photo: Flickr/Darren Flinders)

Denmark has only operated in the military component of the counter ISIS mission in Iraq.

Washington (Talk Media News) – Denmark’s Parliament voted Tuesday to expand its role in the 66-member coalition combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to include a presence in Syria.

Denmark will deploy seven F-16 warplanes, a C-130J transport aircraft and 400 military personnel, including 60 special operations forces, according to Denmark’s English news source The Local.

The country has 120 troops training Iraqi security forces at al Asad Airbase, in Anbar Province. Denmark contributed strikes against ISIS in Iraq from October 2014 to October 2015, but not Syria.

The U.S.-led coalition partners with the official government of Iraq under Prime Minister Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi in the fight, but not Syria’s, which is under President Bashar al-Assad.

Denmark’s expanded mission into Syria comes after direct requests from France and the United States.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomed the news, calling it “another sign of the growing momentum for the campaign to defeat ISIL.”

“[Denmark’s] contributions, including strike aircraft, air defense radar, and training and assistance to Iraqi forces, have already been significant,” Carter said in a written statement. “…Denmark will provide important resources to help ensure security and stability in areas freed from ISIL control, an essential element in dealing ISIL a lasting defeat.”

Other members of the coalition who have conducted airstrikes against ISIS in Syria include: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

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