Parliament: SAF to deploy imagery analysis team for another year to help anti-ISIS coalition

Members of the Imagery Analysis Team at the multi-national base in Tarinkot, Afghanistan, in 2013.
Members of the Imagery Analysis Team at the multi-national base in Tarinkot, Afghanistan, in 2013.PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will continue to send military personnel and equipment this year to support the multi-national coalition battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as the threat posed by the militant group persists.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told the House on Thursday (Jan 28) that the SAF will send its Imagery Analysis Team to the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Headquarters in Kuwait for another year, in response to requests by the coalition.

This is because it found the team provided "useful intelligence support to identify terrorist infrastructure and facilities, and to avoid targeting civilian areas", said Dr Ng.

The Imagery Analysis Team was deployed to Kuwait since September last year, along with an intelligence officer. Singapore has also sent a liaison officer to the United States Central Command Headquarters.

As part of its contribution to the fight against ISIS, the SAF has also supported air-to-air refuelling operations with its KC-135 tanker aircraft from May to August last year. During that period, the aircraft flew 52 sorties and refuelled 142 coalition aircraft, said Dr Ng.

"By contributing to the international effort to tackle the threat at source, we are contributing directly to our own safety," he added.