(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) — The Danish government says it is joining the coalition to strike at the Islamic State extremist group, sending seven F-16 fighter jets to take part in airstrikes against the group in Iraq.
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt says her left-leaning government has a parliamentary majority backing the deployment of four operational planes and three reserve jets along with 250 pilots and support staff.
She said Friday a vote in Parliament is planned and is considered a formality. However, no date was immediately set for the vote.
The Netherlands has already agreed to join the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. Neither country plans to deploy in Syria.
Denmark has already contributed a transport plane to a U.S.-led humanitarian operation in northern Iraq.