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The previous danish effort in Libya (OUD)

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The previous danish effort in Libya (OUD) 

On 19 March 2011, on the basis of UN Security Council resolution 1973, a unanimous Danish parliament voted to send out a Danish military contribution of fighter jets to Libya.

The Danish contribution consisted of four F-16 fighter jets plus two on stand-by, and a total of 120 persons deployed to the Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily.

The Danish fighter jets participated actively from 20 March to 31 October 2011. At the initial phase of the mission, the contribution was part of the US-led Operation Odyssey Dawn. On 31 March 2011, the mission was transferred to NATO command by the name of Operation Unified Protector.

Protection of the population
At the initial phase, the operation was concentrated on protection of the population in the eastern part of Libya, where serious atrocities were committed against the civilian population.

The fighting soon spread to the rest of Libya, both to the larger cities along the coast, and to cities and areas further into the country.

During the entire operation, focus was kept on the prevention of atrocities against civilians.

Termination of the operation
With the fall of Sirte and Gadaffi’s death on 20 October 2011, the threat of atrocities against the population seemed to abate. Two days later, the Transitional National Council of Libya declared Libya a free nation, and the UN revoked its resolution 1973 as of 31 October 2011.

As a consequence, NATO terminated Operation Unified Protector on 31 October 2011. After this the Danish fighter jets returned to Denmark.
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All in all, the Danish contribution to Operation Odyssey Dawn and later Operation Unified Protector carried out 600 missions, and dropped 923 bombs.

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