Belgian Vipers withdraw from fight against IS

Belgian Air Component F-16s no longer take part in operations against IS-forces in Iraq. The six fighter aircraft and 120 personnel returned home on 2 July after ending their participation earlier in the week.

The Belgians had been supporting operations from October 2014, flying from an airbase in Jordan along with Dutch F-16s. The latter are continuing their effort, albeit with four aircraft instead of six used earlier.

The Belgians withdrew their aircraft since the government in Brussels did not allocate any more budget to the operation.

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