Denmark briefly pulls back jets combatting IS

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 6:41 a.m.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's foreign minister says the Scandinavian nation is briefly pulling back its Kuwait-based fighter jets that are taking part in the international coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group to repair them and allow the staff to recover.

Kristian Jensen said Saturday the four operational F-16 fighter jets and three reserve jets are expected to be back in action in 2016. It was not immediately clear when the fighter jets would return to Denmark.

Last month, Danish plane mechanics warned against extending Denmark's one-year mission with Operation Inherent Resolve, saying staff members were stressed and some of the planes had cracks.

Denmark joined the mission in October 2014 and its jet fighters have flown more than 470 missions, according to the supreme military commanding authority.

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