Spain is preparing to send up to five military transport helicopters to Iraq to help support the US-led international coalition forces in their operations against remnants of the Islamic State (IS).
Army Chief of Staff General Francisco Varela Salas said the aircraft from its Air Mobile Force (FAMET) are expected to be dispatched in the first half of the year and will be based in or near Baghdad.
Briefing the press in Madrid on 27 February, Gen Varela said the mission would involve two Cougar and two or three Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters, accompanied by 60–70 FAMET personnel.
The mission is being mounted to answer a US appeal for more transport cover in Iraq.
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