Danish troops to return to Al-Asad air base in Iraq on March 1

Danish troops patrol the Iraqi southern town of Al-Garma, 15 km north of the southern city of Basra. (File/AFP)
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Updated 17 February 2020

Danish troops to return to Al-Asad air base in Iraq on March 1

  • Denmark’s forces are part of the international coalition fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria

COPENHAGEN: Denmark said on Monday it will send its military personnel back to the Iraqi Al-Asad base on March 1 to restart training of Iraqi security forces in the fight against Daesh.
The Nordic NATO-member last month removed most of the 130 military personnel it had stationed at the Al-Asad base due to security concerns in the wake of an Iranian missile attack on the air base on Jan 8.
Denmark’s forces at the base are part of the international coalition fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
The Danish defense ministry said on Monday the security situation was now no different than before the attack, which was why it had assessed it would be safe for the Danish soldiers to return to the base.
“In the fight against terror, it is important that Iraq does not again become a hotbed of terrorists’ recruitment and training,” said Defense Minister Trine Bramsen in a statement.
“Therefore, it is important that we resume the training of Iraqi security personnel so they, in the long run, can take care of the security in Iraq themselves,”


UAE extends national sterilization program in precautionary measure against coronavirus

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UAE extends national sterilization program in precautionary measure against coronavirus

  • Local authorities in each emirate will develop sterilization plans and implement them across the cities
  • The program will continue to be scheduled from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on a daily basis

DUBAI: The UAE’s National Sterilization Program will be extended as part of the country’s precautionary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, state news agency  WAM reported on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior said local authorities in each emirate will develop sterilization plans and implement them across the cities.

The program will continue to be scheduled from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on a daily basis. People are allowed to leave their homes during daytime. No further details were given on the extension of the program.

The UAE confirmed 240 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,264.

The health ministry also reported the death of a 51-year-old Asian man who had underlying health problems, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to nine.

The ministry added that 12 patients had recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of cases who have recovered to 108.