Denmark Bombs ISIS in Syria for the First Time

Denmark extended its fight against Islamic State from neighbouring Iraq into Syria over the weekend, marking the first time the NATO member has bombed the country.

Smoke rises from villages in the southern rural area of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria May 31, 2016.
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Danish warplanes bombed Syria for the first time, its military said on Friday, as Denmark extended its fight against Islamic State from neighbouring Iraq.

Four F-16 jets bombed the militants' stronghold city of Raqqa, targeting command and control facilities, weapons stocks and enemy personnel, Defence Command Denmark said.

NATO member Denmark is part of the U.S.-led operation "Inherent Resolve" against Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Denmark's Chief of International Air Force Missions Jan Dam told Danish media the bombings had been an "important contribution" to the coalition's work.

Denmark has flown 67 missions and dropped 93 bombs in the two countries since deployment in mid-June, the military said.