A RNLAF F-16 (Image © Elmer van hest)

Official: “RNLAF jets bombed Syria only four times”

The four Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM/BM fighter jets deployed to Jordan to bomb the so-called Islamic State forces in Syria, have only done that four times this year.

The information is included in a letter of Dutch minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert to the Dutch parliament in The Hague.

Communication limits have made the RNLAF jets less useful to international community fighting ISIS / ISIL / Daesh and the United States, which is leading the operations. Since February, when the F-16s were cleared for the Syrian operations, the aircraft only flew seven mission in total in the skies of that nation.

More on the problems with the operational usefulness of the Dutch F-16s in Syria, you can read on our earlier published article here on Airheadsfly.com.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com senior contributor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

One thought on “Official: “RNLAF jets bombed Syria only four times””

  1. Just like to clarify that the Dutch jets have been very active in Iraq, so they are not exactly useless. It frees up US jets for actions over Syria.

    The Netherlands is the fourth most active nation after US, UK and France in terms of airstrikes.

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