• Denmark's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Denmark to send F-16s and troops into Syria
Photo: Christian Als/Scanpix

Denmark to send F-16s and troops into Syria

AFP/The Local · 4 Mar 2016, 13:51

Published: 04 Mar 2016 12:12 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Mar 2016 13:51 GMT+01:00

A majority of political parties in parliament's foreign affairs committee expressed support Friday for the government's proposal, and "the government will on the basis of [Friday's] meeting submit a bill to a parliamentary vote to strengthen the campaign against IS," a statement from the prime minister's office said.
 
The decision is seen as a response to a December request from the US that Denmark step up its efforts against Isis and a follow-through on Defence Minister Peter Christensen’s pledge to US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter last month that Denmark would contribute to the international coalition against Isis wherever it is most needed. 
 
Denmark joined the international coalition fighting Isis (alternately known as Islamic State or ISIL) in October 2014 and Danish F-16s flew 547 missions over northern Iraq, dropping over 500 bombs, before the jets were brought home for repairs in August. 
 
Rasmussen said that with the new commitment, Denmark would “intensify” its fight against the terror group. 
 
"We need to fight ISIL with focus and great force as it is unscrupulously terrorizing and killing innocent men, women and children," the PM said. "We must never five up the fight for peace and freedom."
 
The Defence Ministry said that with the new contribution, which in addition to the fighter jets and special forces troops will also include a C130 Super Hercules transport aircraft, Denmark would be among the nations with the largest military and civil presence in Iraq and Syria when measured per capita. 
 
The foreign affairs committee's recommendations are expected to be put before parliament next month. The plan has the support of Venstre, the Danish People's Party, the Social Democrats, the Conservatives and the Social Liberals (Radikale), ensuring that it will pass. 
 
The Danish contribution would be available from mid-2016 and the 400 soldiers would include pilots, support staff and 60 special operations forces.
Story continues below…
 
It was not immediately known what the special forces would be assigned to do in Syria.
 
"It doesn't mean that the Danish soldiers will be in direct offensive combat. But they could be attacked, and therefore they will have a robust mandate," news agency Ritzau quoted Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen as saying after the foreign affairs committee's meeting.
 
Denmark currently has around 120 troops stationed at the Al-Asad air base near Baghdad, where they have been training Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish security forces.

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

AFP/The Local (news.denmark@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Denmark slammed for sending lesbians to Uganda

Denmark’s decision to deny asylum to three lesbians and send them back to their home country of Uganda has been criticized by an LGBT group.

Denmark's heat wave to continue into next week
Take a dip this weekend – you never know what the rest of summer will have in store! Photo: Erik Refner/Scanpix

The long-awaited summer warmth that finally returned to Denmark this week will be sticking around for awhile, meteorologists said on Friday.

More work makes you sick: Danish study

A study that followed Danish workers for 12 years found that when companies enjoy an uptick in business, their employees pay for it with their well-being.

Danish women have become more violent
Photo: Colourbox

Danish women are closing the gender gap when it comes to crime.

Photo gallery
Santas spread (summer) Christmas cheer in Denmark
No big deal, just a Santa taking a selfie while on a Copenhagen canal cruise in the middle of the summer. Photo: Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen/Scanpix

More than 100 jolly souls dressed up as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and elves just left Copenhagen – see all of the bearded action from their visit.

Brawl breaks out between Danish asylum centres
The fight started after a player disputed a foul call. Photo: sunnybright/Iris/Scanpix

Upwards of 100 minor asylum seekers were involved in a brawl described by a witness as a “blood frenzy”.

Five million Danish ID numbers sent to Chinese firm
The CPR numbers and health information of 5.3 million residents was sent to a Chinese company. Photo: Colourbox

If you lived in Denmark between 2010 and 2012, it’s almost certain that your personal identification number (CPR number) and health information ended up in the hands of a Chinese company.

Reading the runes: Denmark's tough citizenship test
One question focuses on the inscription on Harald Bluetooth's rune stone. Photo: Erik Christensen/WikiCommons

"A test like this should not define if one can become a Danish citizen or not. It's about other qualities, such as humour and humanity."

Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Pokémon Go players in Copenhagen. Photo: Emil Hougaard/Scanpix

A Pokémon Go player in Odense discovered more than he bargained for on Tuesday evening.

Foreign cops allowed to eavesdrop in Denmark
The Copenhagen City Court (pictured) and Eastern High Court have approved the surveillance, now the Supreme Court will weigh in. Photo: Colourbox

A Danish lawyer is taking his complaint to the Supreme Court over the decision to allow police in another country to bug a vehicle in Denmark.

Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Technology
Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Denmark can't keep up with trove of ancient discoveries
Denmark can't keep up with trove of ancient discoveries
Our complete coverage from the 2016 Roskilde Festival
Culture
Our complete coverage from the 2016 Roskilde Festival
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Danish police use infamous 'jewellery law' for first time
National
Danish police use infamous 'jewellery law' for first time
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
National
Danes with foreign spouses to be hit by new restriction
International
After Brexit, Danish PM resists calls for similar EU referendum
International
Why Denmark won't try to follow the UK out of the EU
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
National
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
Sponsored Article
Gran Canaria: Where Swedes go to work (and play)
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
International
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
Society
Sex campaigns lead to Danish baby boom
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
Don't worry Denmark, the world still loves you
Culture
Danish diversity ad a massive social media hit – have you seen it?
National
Denmark scraps green card but spares current holders
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Denmark takes historic step for transgender rights
Society
Denmark takes historic step for transgender rights
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Denmark to impose new 'integration' rules on kids
National
Denmark to impose new 'integration' rules on kids
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
National
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
National
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Travel
The second best destination in all of Europe is...
Sport
We are the champions! Denmark wins world badminton team title
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
National
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
Society
Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
International
Keeping Denmark in Europol 'maybe impossible'
Analysis & Opinion
Green card holders tell Denmark to keep its promise
2,298
jobs available