Dutch F-16s operational over Libya
Dutch national newspapers AD and de Volkskrant report that the four Dutch F-16s stationed at the Italian island of Sardinia will fly their first mission on Monday.
The four jet fighters form part of the international coalition enforcing a UN no-fly zone over Libya. The 150 Dutch soldiers and pilots stationed at the Decimomannu airbase have spent the past few days settling in and making test flights. For the time being, the Dutch planes will not take part in any actions against ground forces.
The commander of the Dutch mission, Johan van Deventer, says: “ We are ready. The first mission has got to go well. Our group consists of experienced people who served in Afghanistan and Kosovo. They know what to do.”
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