In January the Netherlands will again deploy F-16 fighter jets to fight in the coalition against terrorist organization ISIS in Syria and Iraq, sources confirmed to the Telegraaf. A total of six jets will be sent, four for fighting and two as reserve, and they will be stationed at the Al-Azraq airbase in Jordan, according to the newspaper.
One of the Netherlands two Joint Strike Fighter jets will make a second attempt at flying a tour across the country, after last week's flight was cancelled due to bad weather. Should the skies remain un-cloudy, almost everyone in the Netherlands will have a chance to glimpse the replacement for the F-16's on Tuesday afternoon.
The first two Netherlands-owned Joint Strike Fighter jets are expected to land at the Leeuwarden Air Base at 8:00 p.m. on Monday. This will be the first time that the JSF's, or F-35's, will be seen outside the United States.
The Netherlands' F-16 stationed in Jordan participated in seven missions over Syria in the past three months. The Dutch fighter jets dropped bombs on ISIS targets four times during those missions, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wrote in response to questions from Parliament
Dutch F-16's are hardly deployed in missions over Syria because they are not equipped with the appropriation communication systems, parliamentarians discovered during a visit to Jordan this weekend.
Dutch F-16's bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq may have lead to civilian casualties. Two bombings in which civilians may have died are being investigated, the government wrote in a letter sent to parliament on Saturday
On Tuesday the PvdA agreed to extend the Dutch participation in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State to also include bombings in Syria. This means that a large majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is now behind air strikes against ISIS in Syria
Two F-16 fighter jets from the Royal Air Force landed at Schiphol airport for the first time ever on Tuesday
The PvdA is gradually leaning towards supporting the Netherlands extending its fight against Islamic State to also include bombing the terrorist organization in Syria. The Dutch F-16's are currently only bombarding ISIS in Iraq.
The United States officially requested that the Netherlands "intensify" the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State by participating in bombarding in Syria. The Cabinet is considering it, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said in a parliamentary debate on Thursday. He called ISIS "an enemy that can not only be contained, but must be destroyed"
General Tom Middendorp thinks that it would be logical that the Dutch F-16's not only fight ISIS over Iraq, but also over Syria. According to him, there is "little chance of a solution" if the terrorist organization is not also addressed in its "safe harbor".
Dutchbat never stood a chance in Srebrenica, because the Netherlands blocked the requested airstrike at the crucial moment, former Air Force officer Bart Wagenaar told the Telegraaf.
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 Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, the relationship with Russia should be reconsidered. He said this in the Second Chamber yesterday.
The Air Force is dealing with a worrying shortage in the recruitment of new pilots for both F-16s an helicopters.
A Dutch F-16 led an international bombing of terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday. According to the Ministry of Defense, 15 aircraft from five countries participated in the mission.
Bombing is not always a solution in the fight against ISIS, Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert said on Tuesday.
The Netherlands are definitely part of the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) now that the first bombs have been dropped.
Four Dutch F-16's carried out missions yesterday. During the second action two F-16's dropped three bombs on ISIS armoured vehicles that were attacking Kurdish fighters in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk, close to the Turkish-Syrian border. The armoured vehicles were destroyed and an unknown number of ISIS-combatants were probably killed, according to the Ministry of Defense.
Two Dutch F-16 fighter aircraft today dropped the first Dutch bombs on targets of the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq today.
Protesters who overtook part of the Tweede Kamer, the Dutch House of Representatives in Parliament, left quietly around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning after they were told a delegation of leaders would be allowed to meet with Members of Parliament. The demonstrators spontaneously arrived at the government building when it became clear that the Islamic State, ISIS, would likely take control of the Syrian city Kobani.
The last five Dutch F-16's that will be participating in the mission against the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS), is on their way to Jordan, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense) said today.
The six dutch F-16 fighter aircraft that will bombard targets of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, will fly a total of 600 hours per month during the mission.
The Dutch Parliament will meet today to discuss the country's military contribution to the international struggle against ISIS, which is supported by a large majority of House Representatives, Het Parool reports.