First Dutch bombs dropped on ISIS targets

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Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon over Afghanistan, May 28, 2008. (Photo: Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Wikimedia). (Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon over Afghanistan, May 28, 2008. (Photo: Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Wikimedia))

Two Dutch F-16 fighter aircraft today dropped the first Dutch bombs on targets of the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq today.

The F-16's dropped three bombs on ISIS armed vehicles that were attacking Kurdish fighters in the northern part of the country. The Ministry of Defense reported that the attack destroyed these vehicles and possibly killed ISIS-combatants. The Ministry did not reveal exactly where in northern Iraq the bombs were dropped.

The Netherlands sent eight F-16's to the fight against terrorist organization ISIS, two of which are reserve. This morning a total of four Dutch F-16's flew over Iraq. The first two were used to support Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops, but the aircraft did not need to take action. The other two dropped the bombs. The F-16's are operating from Jordan.

The fighter aircraft can be used to bomb camps and command centers of ISIS as well as warehouses of ammunition or military equipment, such as tanks. They can also be deployed to help Iraqi or Kurdish ground troops fighting against ISIS. The pilots can then fly at a low altitude to deter enemy combatants. If necessary they may fire their on board cannon or throw a bomb when instructed to do so.

The complete F-16 detachment consists of about 250 men and women. The Netherlands also sent up to 130 soldiers to advise and train Kurdish and Iraqi forces.

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