Belgium plans to send six F-16 fighter jets to join the US-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group but will limit their use to Iraq, the government said.

The Belgian parliament must still approve the move, which follows a formal request from Washington on Tuesday, Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem said.

The threat posed by the IS group prompted the United States to launch airstrikes in Iraq last month and on Tuesday the operation was expanded to IS and other groups in Syria. […]