Denmark demands aerial involvement in Syria

Danish foreign minister urges fighter jets involvement in attack against DAESH in Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Danish F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet

Following the attacks in Paris, the Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen said on Sunday that the fighter jets which participated in the war against DAESH terrorist group in Iraq should have the authority to attack DAESH in Syria as well.

"We must get the Danish F-16 fighter planes back as fast as possible. The government wishes that they return with a broader mandate, to make it possible to fight ISIL [DAESH], wherever they may be - whether on one or the other side of the border to Syria," Jensen told press. 

Seven Danish F-16 jets have been active in Iraq, since they joined the US-led coalition aerial campaign in the fight against DAESH in 2014.

The crew and the jets were pulled out from Iraq in September. The jets will however be sent back to the Middle East in mid-2016.

DAESH claimed responsibly for a series of attacks in the French capital of Paris on Friday evening, killing more than 150 people and injuring 200 others.

The group, in April 2013 captured the Syrian city of Raqqa as the de facto capital of their self-proclaimed "caliphate." DAESH controls swathes of land spreading from central Iraq to north eastern Syria.

In February, two Danish people were shot by a gunman influenced by DAESH in two separate incidents.

TRTWorld and agencies