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)
Dutch F-16s drop 500th bomb on ISIS targets
The Dutch F-16 fighter jets have dropped their 500th bomb on an ISIS target since the Netherlands joined the mission against the terrorist organization last year. According to the Ministry of Defense, the F-16's participated in about 15 missions over Iraq between May 18th and 25th. During these missions they dropped nearly 40 bombs on ISIS targets, one of these was the 500th bomb. This week Dutch naval and army instructors, along with international colleagues, also started a 4th infantry training for Kurdish fighters. In Baghdad and Erbil Dutch trainers also gave follow up training in medical training and sniper training. The first rotation of the 90-man training unit returned from Iraq to the Netherlands this week.