Denmark stepping up battle against IS and foreign fighters – The Post

Denmark stepping up battle against IS and foreign fighters

Coalition focusing on cutting off IS financially and ideologically

Stabilising liberated areas is critical, said Kristian Jensen (photo: iStock)
February 3rd, 2016 10:56 am| by Christian W

The foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, announced at the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition meeting in Rome yesterday that Denmark would contribute a further 28.5 million kroner to help curb the number of foreign fighters going to IS, cut off sources of income and resist IS propaganda.

The funds are designed to limit IS’s financial capabilities in the region, facilitate exit programs for people who want to escape extremist environments, and aid local NGO co-operation.

“Denmark has good competencies in these areas, so I am pleased that we are now focusing more on these aspects of the fight,” said Jensen.

“Meanwhile, it’s essential that we stabilise the liberated areas early on as an integrated part of the strategy to fight IS. It is imperative that we ensure that the liberated areas have basic services, security and justice.”

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Still redeploying F-16s
Jensen confirmed that the coalition was also discussing the ongoing military progress in Iraq – in particular to liberate more civilians from the stranglehold of IS. This includes Denmark’s intention to redeploy its F-16 fighter jets later this year.

The meeting in Rome was led by the Italian foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, and the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and consisted of a coalition group of 25 nations.

More precisely, Denmark's latest contribution will focus on:

– A capacity building of ‘Financial Intelligence Units’ in Jordan, Lebanon and likely Iraq in order to limit IS financing via money laundering and informal money transactions

– Better preventative efforts in areas in Jordan (Amman), Tunisia (Tunis) and Lebanon (Beirut) concerning people who are at risk of becoming part of extremist environments

– Improving the exit efforts for people who are already engaged in extremist environments in Jordan

– Support for the coalition’s communications strategy against IS ideological propaganda in co-operation with the UK and local or regional Arab-language civil society organisations in Iraq