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US recruits Denmark for fight against Isis

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said that Denmark has accepted John Kerry's invitation to join a 'core coalition' against the militant jihadists.

US recruits Denmark for fight against Isis
US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: Jim Watson/Scanpix
The United States has asked Denmark and eight other Nato countries to join a ‘core coalition’ against the jihadist militant group Isis, according to Reuters. 
 
The report states the US Secretary of State John Kerry proposed the coalition on Friday at the Nato Summit in Wales.
 
"We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own. “Obviously I think that's a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground,” Kerry told the ten nations, according to Reuters. 
 
In addition to the US and Denmark, the other countries invited to join the ‘core coalition’ are Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy and Poland. 
 
Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard told DR that Denmark has answered the call. 
 
"We said yes to it at a hastily-called meeting this morning. And we are already active. Fortunately, it was a united parliament that agreed to participate with a transport aircraft with emergency aid and weapons," Lidegaard said from Wales.
 
In addition to its military contribution to the campaign in northern Iraq, Denmark has felt the effects of Isis’s forward march in Iraq and Syria. One Danish hostage was held by the jihadists alongside murdered US journalist James Foley for over a year and another is reportedly in their custody now. One jihadist who fought with the group in Syria has also claimed that Denmark is among Isis's targets
 
The past week has also seen an Aarhus mosque express its support for Isis while members of a humanitarian organisation in Copenhagen have been arrested for selling stickers in support of the group

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POLICE

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links

Six men suspected of being members of the so-called Islamic State (Isis) group or funding it were arrested in an anti-terror raid in Denmark on Tuesday, police said.

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The suspects, whose identities were not disclosed, are aged between 27 and 35, police in East Jutland said.

Two of the suspects were arrested in the Danish capital Copenhagen and the four others in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-biggest city.

“Two of the people arrested, a man aged 29 from the region of Aarhus and a 30-year-old man living in Copenhagen, are suspected of penal code violations… for having travelled to Syria in 2014, where they were recruited by the terrorist organisation Islamic State,” police said in a statement.

The 29-year-old is also suspected of having tried to return to Syria in early 2015 to rejoin Isis.

Under his instruction, the four other suspects are accused of having acted as “intermediaries” and having sent money to the organisation.

According to Danish intelligence service PET, at least 160 people have travelled from Denmark to fight in Syria or Iraq. About a third of them have been killed in action, 32 are still there and around half of them have either returned to Denmark or another country.

Jihadism is considered the biggest threat to Denmark’s national security, according to PET.

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