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Friday, April 10, 2015

Dutch F-16 airstrikes supported Tikrit offensive: Defense chief

RNLAF F-16 Fighting FalconsThe Netherlands defense chief said Thursday that Dutch F-16s “have several times supported” a ground offensive against Islamic State (IS) rebel fighters in Tikrit, reports de Telegraaf. Iraqi troops seized the city last week.

According to General Tom Middendorp, Dutch fighters have played “a major role” in the battle, having trained Kurdish fighters and Iraqi commandos.

Six Dutch aircrafts that operate from a base in Jordan are active mainly in northern Iraq, and they have used their weapons 350 times during the past six months, reports de Telegraaf.

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