Following a landmark development, Denmark admitted its involvement in the 2011 NATO airstrikes in Libya that resulted in the death of 14 civilians.
The Danish Defense Ministry recently made a groundbreaking admission, marking the first acknowledgment among the ten countries involved in the NATO bombing campaign. This revelation surfaced following the release of previously classified documents.
The decision by the Danish Defense Ministry to initiate a review was prompted by the emergence of evidence indicating the involvement of Danish Air Force F-16s in airstrikes connected to civilian casualties. Documents obtained through freedom of information laws uncovered that as early as 2012, the Danish Air Force had privately recognized its role in two specific airstrikes. These incidents comprised a June 2011 airstrike in Surman, resulting in the deaths of 12 civilians, and a September 2011 bombing in Sirte, where two individuals, including a pregnant woman, lost their lives.
However, this acknowledgment was not made public at that time which prevented relatives of the victims from seeking compensation or redress.
The Danish defense ministry said in a statement that while the events took place many years ago, it had begun a review. “The Minister of Defence has requested the Defence Command to assess whether the documents in question indicate that there were ramifications of such magnitude that an investigation should have been conducted at that time within the coalition or NATO framework,” it added.