The Dutch government said on Wednesday it would deploy six F-16 fighter jets, which could be operational in a week, to support the U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq.

The Netherlands, a member of NATO and a close U.S. ally, will target the ultra-radical Islamist militants in Iraq and provide training and advice to Iraqi and Kurdish regional military forces for a period of up to one year, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher told journalists.

“We regard IS as a grave threat, not just for the region it is destabilising, not just for the (non-Muslim) minorities who are being put through the most terrible torment, but for the whole world,” Asscher said, announcing the deployment of a maximum of 380 personnel to the region. […]