The Dutch, a member of Nato and a close U.S. ally, will conduct flights over Iraqi airspace and provide training and advice to Iraqi and Kurdish military forces for a period of up to a year, it said in a statement.
Deputy Prime Lodewijk Asscher said Wednesday the Cabinet will deploy the six planes and two reserve jets along with 250 pilots and support staff. The Dutch also will send about 130 military trainers to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group on the ground.
Asscher said the Dutch government doesn’t currently see an international mandate for joining airstrikes in Syria.
Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said the Dutch jets will likely be based in Jordan.
Source: De Peet Journal