Latvia may send its soldiers to fight ISIS

Until now, the Latvia’s participation in Syrian conflict has been restricted by providing humanitarian aid.

2 November 2015 10:00

The Ministry of Defense of Latvia is considering the possibility of sending soldiers to fight against ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) terrorist organization, Delfi edition reports citing Caspar Galkin, Director of the Department for Military Public Relations of the Ministry of Defense, as saying.

“The US and its allies created an international coalition with participation of Latvia to coordinate the actions of international community to combat the ‘Islamic State’ jihadist group,” he said.

He also noted that Latvian soldiers will not directly carry out operations against the ISIS. They will assist the units of local forces to fight against terrorists, just like in Afghanistan. 

“In any case, it’s up to politicians to make a decision on Latvia’s participation in this operation,” he said.

Estonia also is considering the sending of its soldiers to Iraq to help fight against ISIS.