Netherlands extends campaign against Islamic State in Iraq

The Netherlands will extend until the end of 2017 its training mission in Iraq as part of the campaign to defeat the Islamic State militia, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Friday in The Hague.

The Netherlands has been part of the international coalition against Islamic State in Iraq since the end of 2014.

There are currently some 150 Dutch soldiers stationed in Iraq engaged in training Iraqi fighters and Kurdish Peshmerga.

In future, the training will take place closer to the front than previously, when it has been confined to training camps, the Defence Ministry said.

Dutch troops also provide military cover for Belgian fighter jets and plan to station an air tanker in the region to refuel coalition fighter jets in the air.

The Dutch operation in Iraq was originally scheduled to end in October 2016.

Last update: Fri, 09/09/2016 - 22:04

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