Norway sends troops to Iraq

Norway sends troops to Iraq
Norway to send 195 troops to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, confirms.

It is not intended that the Norwegian soldiers in Iraq should be in direct combat with the forces of the Islamic State (IS). They should instead assist with capacity building of Iraqi security forces, Solberg said at a news conference on Norway's contribution in the fight against IS.

- We aim to participate at a fitness center in Erbil, as well as counseling and support for an Iraqi security force in the Baghdad area. We will in both cases be working closely with other allied contributors. The purpose of the contribution is to strengthen Iraq's ability to protect the country's own security, Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, said, which together with Foreign Minister Børge Brende also attended the press conference.

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