Netherlands may contribute F-16 fighter planes to counter IS

The Dutch contribution, to be discussed at a weekly Cabinet meeting of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government on Friday, must also be approved by a majority in the 150-seat parliament.

Netherlands may contribute F-16 fighter planes to counter IS

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Netherlands will consider contributing F-16 fighter jets to help counter the ISIL group, a Dutch daily said on Thursday, but the government said any decision on action must await planning consultations with the United States.

The Trouw newspaper, citing government sources, said the Netherlands would contribute an unspecified number of F-16 fighter jets to air strikes in Iraq and possibly Syria.

"We don't rule out anything, but there's no question of taking a decision yet," defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told reporters. "The military planning is under way and that takes time."

Defence Ministry spokesman Jos van der Leij said the Netherlands had contributed personnel to planning at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.

The Netherlands was not among the nations approached by U.S. President Barack Obama at a NATO meeting in Wales earlier this month, when he was seeking to build a coalition of allies against the group.

The Dutch contribution, to be discussed at a weekly Cabinet meeting of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government on Friday, must also be approved by a majority in the 150-seat parliament.

Trouw reported that the parties needed to win enough votes in the legislature were behind the mission.

Dutch official said in August the Netherlands would consider providing arms, but gave no additional details.

 

Last Mod: 18 Eylül 2014, 14:02
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