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Published 2 October 2014

The jet fighter planes will be based on Kuwait and their functions will be only to defend Iraq’s airspace and not to undertake any mission over Syrian ground. Danish soldiers will not be deployed into combat, but they will take part of training operations with local forces.

With an overwhelming majority of 94 to 9 votes, Danish parliament approved on Thursday their government’s proposal to send F-16 fighter jets to join the operations the United States leads against the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.

Denmark will also send 120 military personnel to carry on training activities in order to prepare Iraqi and Kurdish fighters to battle the well organized I.S. militias.

"It is a tough decision, but also the right decision," said Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt after the vote.

“Today, Denmark provides yet another solid contribution to the fight against the brutal terrorist organisation ISIL. We are part of a very broad coalition consisting of approximately 50 other countries, including ten countries from the region,” Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard declared.

The jet fighter planes will be based on Kuwait, according to defense minister Nicolai Wammen, their functions will be only to defend Iraq’s airspace and not to undertake any mission over Syrian ground.

Danish soldiers will not be deployed into combat, either, as their orders are only to take part of training operations with local forces.
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