May 17, 2018 / 10:53 AM / a few seconds ago

Denmark pulls special forces out of Iraq

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark said on Thursday it would pull around 60 special forces from Iraq, as most areas once controlled by Islamic State have been liberated.

The gradual pull-back will conclude in late autumn, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Denmark will still have around 180 military personnel posted to the al-Asad air base in Iraq, and contribute to radar surveillance as part of an international coalition fighting the Islamist militant group.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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