June 19, 2015 / 1:59 PM / 2 years ago

Dutch to extend Iraq military mission against Islamic State: PM

Shiite fighters launch a rocket towards Islamic State militants on the outskirt of Bayji June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands will extend its participation in the military mission against Islamic State militants in Iraq by one year until October 2016, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

The Netherlands is assisting the air campaign in Iraq with four F-16 fighter jets and is also helping to train Iraqi soldiers. It contributes roughly 450 military personnel.

Reporting By Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Gareth Jones

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