Denmark launches first anti-ISIS strikes in Syria

An Islamic Court in ISIS-held Raqqa city. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – Denmark announced Friday that its airforces have for the first time launched airstrikes in Syria, bombing strongholds of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa province.

Defense Command Denmark said the F-16 raid happened “in the past week” but did not give further details.

Raqqa is the de facto capital of the ISIS self-declared Caliphate.

 The Danish supreme military command said their fighter jets also participated in operations over Iraqi provinces targeting ISIS tactical units, weapons stocks and fighters.

The Scandinavian country joined the international coalition fighting ISIS in October 2014. According to reports, Danish warplanes have previously participated in airstrikes on ISIS forces in Iraq, but not Syria. 

Denmark’s present contribution to the anti-ISIS effort includes seven F-16 fighter jets, among others, with a mandate to bomb in Syria.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

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