LATEST UPDATE 27 AUGUST 2014 | The Danish government decided on Thursday 21 August 2014 to send one of its Air Force’s C-130J Hercules aircraft and 55 personnel to northern Iraq. Not only will the Herc and crew distribute aid, it will also provide the Kurdish forces with weapons to fight of the so-called Islamic State forces that control large parts of Iraq and Syria.
The C-130J will leave Aalborg Airbase for Cyprus on Thursday 28 August, on board all personnel and equipment for the deployement. Cyprus will be the base of operations which are planned to last for 14 days in a row.
The move was first confirmed on 21 August by the Danish minister of Foreign Affairs, Martin Lidegaard, who said that the mixed mission will see humanitarian aid to 1.5 million people and ferry flights of ammunition and small arms.
According to Mr. Lidegaard the United Nations have said there are enough aircraft for humanitarian aid. That the Danes will also transport military goods comes after “talks with the United States”. There is yet no timeframe attached to the deployment of the Royal Danish Air Force C-130J and personnel.
The Danish minister of Foreign Affairs has ruled out any involvement of Danish F-16s or other military resources apart from the Herc plus supporting forces.
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