In early April, Norwegian soldiers will go to northern Iraq, where they will conduct training of Kurdish soldiers in Erbil, said sources.
This will be a major step in the fight against IS, the newspaper Nettavisen says.
Only details remains before they are ready to be sent.
Telemark Battalion is the primary source of international contributions from the Norwegian Army. The battalion has almost constantly been involved in the ISAF operation in Afghanistan since 2003.
Incidents in Afghanistan
Since the summer of 2009, there have been several instances of soldiers from the unit spray painting a Punisher skull (in part inspired by the character from comic books and movie – the Punisher) on houses and property belonging to Afghans whom soldiers suspected of having ties to the insurgency. The purported purpose was to "send a message" to leaders of the insurgency, that the Norwegian soldiers would not allow them to continue their offensive.
In September 2010, Verdens Gang reported that some soldiers were still using a Punisher skull that had been prohibited by the leadership of Norway's military.
The alleged crimes of threatening and spray painting the property of suspected insurgents did not lead to any criminal charges.
In 2010, Dagbladet published a video of company commander Rune Wenneberg leading a battle cry ("To Valhalla") by soldiers of the unit — his intro to the cry was "[inaudible] are hunters. But you are the predator. Taliban is the prey. To Valhalla!"
Is it odd that the media was surprised by Norwegian soldiers using viking helmets and battle cries of vikings.
American Charles Stanley helped provide logistics for units from the Norwegian battalion while they were undergoing cold weather training in preparation for their missions in Bosnia in the late 1990's. Stanley was a former sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division and says the Telemark Battalion "would be a fierce asset to Kurdish Peshmerga troops in their efforts to combat murderous extremists," according to the DailyMail.
'ISIS should fear them for sure.'
'My take on them is that they were a very aggressive and rugged team of warriors.'
'They had the attitude of whatever comes our way we will demolish it, be that from eating chow to driving their mechanized vehicles.'
'There was no half way with them - it was all or nothing in everything they did. I have a long history with airborne paratroopers and they are some of the toughest soldiers in the army, on and off duty . . .
'ISIS is a force of uncontrolled chaos and they have no discipline or defined battlefield strategy other than overcome by force.'
'This well-trained and disciplined unit of Norwegian soldiers would be able to make very short work of any ISIS soldiers they encountered.'
'I would say compared to other country's soldiers they were among some of the most competitive and competent warriors that I have ever worked with.'
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