Danes support mission against IS

Over 60 percent in favour of involvement in military action in Iraq

The government’s decision to deploy seven F-16 fighter jets to Iraq to take on Islamic State (IS) on Friday last week is a popular one among Danes, according to a new survey.

The survey, compiled by Voxmeter for Ritzau news service, showed that 62 percent agreed with the decision to send Danish fighter jets in against IS, while just 18 percent were against.

The government is expected to present its proposal to contribute the F-16s to the international coalition efforts in Iraq, and that is expected to be passed in parliament on Wednesday with only Enhedslisten party voting against.

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The government underlined on Friday that the Danish fighters would only be used for combat in Iraq, but the survey showed the majority of Danes believed they should be used in Syria as well.

Of the 1,008 people asked, over 46 percent said Denmark should be prepared to operate in Syria, while just 28 percent said no. The remaining 26 percent were unsure.

A ground crew of 140 people will be accompany the F-16 squad in Iraq for what will initially be a 12-month tour of duty.





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