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Afghanistan mission not entirely accomplished. Norway’s 13-year presence did not result in complete success for the Scandinavian county, a new report shows. “The situation is discouraging following international efforts spanning many years,” states the document written by the government-appointed Godal Committee. Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide were handed th A Good Ally in Afghanistan – Norway in Afghanistan 2001-14 report, Monday.

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Afghanistan mission not entirely accomplished

Published on Monday, 6th June, 2016 at 11:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 6th June 2016 at 15:04.

Norway’s 13-year presence did not result in complete success for the Scandinavian county, a new report shows.

Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan
Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan
Photo: Forsvaret/Lars Magne Hovtun


“The situation is discouraging following international efforts spanning many years,” states the document written by the government-appointed Godal Committee.

Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide were handed th A Good Ally in Afghanistan – Norway in Afghanistan 2001-14 report, Monday.

9.000 Norwegian military personnel served in the country during that period. 10 Norwegian soldiers were killed, and many more were wounded. Norway spent some NOK 20bn.

“The Norwegian effort has constituted a very small portion of the total use of resources in Afghanistan. It has consequently not contributed to changing the main picture regarding the country's development,” regional publication Fædrelandsvennen also quotes the committee as saying in the report.

According to the Committee, the Taliban is currently stronger than ever, with militant Islamist groups retaining a foothold in parts of the country.

Espen Barth Eide visited Norwegian troops on his visit to Meymaneh in 2011. He admitted then that military forces were idealistic regarding the operation.

Of Norway’s NOK 20bn expenditure, NOK 11.5bn and NOK 8.4bn were used on military and civilian purposes, respectively.

Moreover, the Committee states that the Scandinavian country only fully achieved one of its three main objectives in Afghanistan – showing support towards the US and NATO when it came to combatting international terror.

Efforts to fight international terror and preventing Afghanistan becoming a hotbed of terror once again were only partially successful.

The Committee reached the same conclusion regarding Norway’s contribution to building a stable and democratic Afghan state by using peace diplomacy and long-term aid, reports Fædrelandsvennen.




Published on Monday, 6th June, 2016 at 11:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 6th June 2016 at 15:04.

This post has the following tags: afghanistan, taliban, islamist, terror, paywall.





  
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