DENMARK TO PULL SPECIAL FORCES OUT OF IRAQ
NATO-member Denmark said yesterday its special forces taking part in the U.S.-led coalition against the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq would be withdrawn following the Daesh defeat. "We have now reached a point where we can begin withdrawing our special forces because [Daesh] no longer has control over large areas in Iraq," Danish foreign minister Anders Samuelsen said in a statement. Up to 60 special forces were sent to Iraq in 2016 to train and advise Iraqi soldiers after a vote by the Danish parliament. The forces also took part in operations on the Iraqi-Syrian border, providing intelligence and ad hoc air support.