In a surprise move, Denmark is set to deploy troops in northeastern Syria to support U.S.-led coalition operations in the war-torn country.
The country’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on September 6 that the Danish military will send a medical team, a combat battalion, a warship and four fighter aircraft with support personnel for operations in Syria.
The Pentagon welcomed Frederiksen’s announcement, claiming that the Danish forces will be participating in anti-ISIS efforts.
“The United States welcomes the announcement by the Danish Government to make a military deployment to Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and to continue to share the burden and responsibilities of this important mission … Our Danish partners will work with the residual U.S. military force in northeast Syria to support stability and security,” an official statement by the Pentagon reads.
Several reports had revealed that Washington was pressuring NATO members to increase their contribution to the U.S.-led coalition.
Denmark has been a member of the U.S.-led coalition, since its formation in 2014. Danish warplanes operating within the coalition participated in the infamous attack on Syrian troops defending Deir Ezzor from ISIS in 2016.
The U.S.-led coalition is operating in northeastern Syria without approval of the country’s legitimate government, or any authorization by the UN Security Council.