Estonia’s Contribution Towards The Global Coalition Against Daesh
The fight against terrorism and its root causes are essential for Estonia. Terrorism has never been a distant problem for us – attacks are likely everywhere and root causes must be tackled on a basis of solidarity while respecting human rights. We share the need to support the Iraqi Security Forces after the defeat of Daesh and understand that there are no fast solutions for long-term stability in the region. Estonia stays committed to the fight against terrorism and the Coalition’s campaign. Finally, we continue our contribution to the operation Inherent Resolve.
Key projects in Iraq and Syria:
- In 2014, Estonia provided Iraqi forces with 1 million gun ammunition.
- In 2015, through the US, Estonia provided Iraqi forces with 12 heavy machine guns, 140 machine guns, 110 automatic weapons and 230 pistols, along with 21.000 gun ammunition.
- Since 2016, Estonia has participated in the Inherent Resolve Operation in Iraq.
- Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, Estonia has contributed around 8,5 million euros towards humanitarian aid.
- In 2016, Estonia contributed 40.000 euros towards humanitarian aid in the shape of demining efforts in areas liberated by Daesh through UNMAS.
- In 2017, Estonia has contributed 25.000 euros to the UNDPs Funding Facility for Stabilization
- In 2018, Estonia contributed an additional 30.000 euros towards demining efforts in areas liberated by Daesh through the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action.
Date Entered Coalition: Estonia has been contributing to the Coalition’s cause in various ways since 2014.
Working Group Membership: Coalition’s Communication Cell; Coalition’s Political-Military Consultation Working Party.
Top Contributions of Coalition:
The Estonian Defence Forces have participated in the Inherent Resolve Operation in Iraq since 2016 though military instructors.
Since August 2016, there are six Estonian military instructors in the Anbar province, in the Danish Training Center, training the Iraqi Armed Forces (+ one Senior Estonian officer at the strategic counselling team in Baghdad).
Estonia has contributed toward the stabilization of liberated areas in Iraq by providing funds through UNMAS for demining purposes (40.000 euros) + an additional 30.000 euros in 2018. In 2017, Estonia has contributed 25.000 euros to the UNDPs Funding Facility for Stabilization.
Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, Estonia has contributed around 8,5 million euros towards humanitarian aid.
- Minister: Estonian instructors contributing to fight against Daesh
- On the 12th of December 2018, the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) decided to extend the stay of up to 10 military personnel in the Operation Inherent Resolve
- Estonia eyes engagement against ISIS
- Magazine Soldier (Sõdur)
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