Denmark continues to support the global coalition's fight against ISIS.
Denmark provided capacity building of Iraqi soldiers from 2015-2020. Photo: Danish Defence.
The terrorist group ISIS has since 2014 exposed the civilian population in Iraq and Syria to systematic abuse and human rights violations, which have resulted in millions of refugees and threatened stability throughout the Middle East.
Despite the fact that ISIS has lost control over its physical territory, the terrorist group still poses a threat to regional and international security. ISIS has also conducted terrorist attacks outside of Iraq and Syria and thus poses a more direct threat to other countries.
Denmark's military contribution to the coalition's fight against ISIS consists of contributions to Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and NATO Mission Iraq (NMI).
Denmark’s current contributes to OIR consist of radar operator personnel placed at Shaw Air Base in the USA and staff officers deployed to coalition’s headquarters.
In regards to NMI, Denmark is currently contributing with staff officers, civilian and military advisors and force protection personnel.
A national support element is supporting Danish personnel deployed in the Middle East from a base in Kuwait.
The international legal basis for the Danish military contribution is consent from Iraq and the right to collective self-defence of Iraq against ISIS pursuant to Article 51 of the UN Covenant.
Through the UN Security Council on 25 June 2014, the Iraqi government has asked the international community for assistance to fight ISIS. The UN condemns ISIS and the serious abuse and human rights violations in violation of Resolution 2178 of 24 September 2014 and Resolution 2170 of 15 August 2014. Furthermore, in Resolution 2249 adopted on 20 November 2015, the UN Security Council has ruled that ISIS represents a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security, and that ISIS has the ability and intent to carry out further terrorist attacks.
The Danish contribution to the fight against ISIS has been deployed on the basis of UN resolutions and an American request to Denmark to support US-led efforts. The Iraqi Foreign Minister has welcomed the Danish military assistance.
Period of timeFra 2014