The decision about possible participation of Latvian troops in the efforts of the international coalition to fight the terrorist organization Daesh will be made on the political level and after consultations with allies.
The Ministry of Defence is considering the possibility of sending Latvian soldiers to help the international coalition in its fight against the Daesh. But it is not planned to send Latvian soldiers on combat missions against the terrorist group. The Latvian troops could be stationed in Iraq to help train local security forces for fighting terrorists, similarly to what is being done in Afghanistan.
A US-led international coalition has set up the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR) to coordinate military efforts against the Deash.
Latvia is one of the 62 countries, which have joined the coalition, but only about 20 countries provide military support and 12 participate in the air strikes against the Deash in Iraq and Syria. So far Latvia’s contribution to the coalition had been in the form of humanitarian aid.
The decision about participation of Latvian soldiers in CJTF–OIR will be made on the political level, but the number of troops that Latvia would contribute to the operation will be determined in the consultations with the allies.
The approval of the Latvian parliament is required to participation of units of the Latvian National Armed Forces in international operations.