Six Belgian F-16s took off from their base in Florennes Sept. 26 on their way to Jordan via Greece, the Belga news agency reports. Although a new Belgian government has still not been formed since the May 25 elections, a ministerial commission of the caretaker government on Sept. 24 approved the deployment of six F-16s and a detachment of 120 pilots, technicians and support personnel to Jordan. The deployment was approved by the parliamentary defense and foreign affairs committees, but the F-16s took off before the full parliament voted by what was expected to be a large majority to approve the deployment.
The same day, the Dutch parliament was informed that the Netherlands would send six F-16s, plus two reserve aircraft and 250 personnel, to an “airfield outside Iraq and Syria.” The Netherlands sent teams to reconnoiter Iraq and Jordan Sept. 25. The Dutch cabinet is considering the possibility of Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16s operating over Syria if their is a mandate under international law.
Denmark is the latest European country planning to contribute F-16s to air operations over Iraq. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Sept. 26 that she expected the Danish parliament to approve on the week of Sept.29 the rapid deployment of seven Royal Danish Air Force F-16s for operations over Iraq but not Syria. […]