The Netherlands To Join Anti-ISIS Airstrikes In Iraq, Will Send Fighter Jets And Military Personnel
The Netherlands will join the United States in its air campaign to combat Islamic State group militants in Iraq but will not participate in the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria. The Dutch will send military personnel and fighter jets to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces on the ground, Dutch officials announced Wednesday.
The Netherlands will make six F-16s available for the first phase of the campaign, for one year.
In addition to the fighter jets, up to 380 Dutch military personnel could be operational in Iraq within the week. Among the military personnel will be 130 instructors, who are expected to support local forces on the ground in Iraq. ibtimes