Nice and quiet inside its hardened aircraft shelter, this Danish F-16AM makes for a nice picture. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Denmark: no more F-16s over Iraq

Denmark will withdraw its seven F-16s currently involved in anti-IS operations over Iraq this fall, the government in Copenhagen announced on 27 August. The aircraft are in need of maintenance and their pilots and maintenance crews are close to over worked. Danish defense organisations recently sounded the alarm obout the strain on Danish forces.

The F-16s and supporting Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules will leave their forward deployed base in Jordan in October. The F-16s flew countless missions over IS positions in Iraq.

Earlier this year, Belgium withdrew its F-16 from the fight while the Netherlands reduced its contribution. The Dutch will carry on until October 2016, after which the Belgians will rejoin the fight.

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Featured image: A Danish F-16 safely hides inside an aircraft shelter. (Image © Elmer van Hest)