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Denmark pulls special forces out of Iraq

Thursday 17/May/2018 - 02:25 PM
Sada El Balad
Hassanein Tayea
Denmark said on Thursday it would pull around 60 special forces from Iraq، as most areas once controlled by Islamic State have been liberated.

The gradual pull-back will conclude in late autumn، the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Denmark will still have around 180 military personnel posted to the al-Asad air base in Iraq، and contribute to radar surveillance as part of an international coalition fighting the Islamist militant group.
Up to 60 special forces were sent to Iraq in 2016 to train and advise Iraqi soldiers after a vote by the Danish parliament.
The forces also took part in operations on the Iraqi-Syrian border، providing intelligence and ad hoc air support.

"Their Iraqi partners are now ready to stand on their own two feet،" Danish defence minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said in the statement.

"(IS) have been forced away from virtually all the areas which the terrorist organisation occupied in Iraq،" he added.

The Scandinavian nation currently has around 180 troops stationed at the Al-Asad air base near Baghdad، where they have been training Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish security forces.

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