Denmark to pull out F-16s and drones from anti-ISIS operation
Example of a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 fighter jet. Photo by Tim Felce.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Denmark said on Friday that it will pull out its seven F-16 jet fighter bombers and its drones from the US-led multinational air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
“We are pulling our airplanes out as planned,” Danish foreign minister Anders Samuelson said on Friday, according to Reuters.
“We have offered the coalition extra help with some construction and engineer troops,” he added.
When it joined the campaign last June Denmark said that after six months it would review its operation. Now that six months have passed they plan to withdraw their jets in mid-December.
Samuelson went on to add that the Copenhagen made this decision after weighing up the “economical and practical considerations” of continuing to participate in the multinational campaign and subsequently concluded that “it makes no sense, so we just stick to plan.”
Denmark was one of the coalition countries involved in an errant coalition airstrike which mistook Syrian soldiers in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor for ISIS militants and subsequently bombed them, killing at least 62 of them on September 17.