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Editorial: Are Norway’s soldiers in Afghanistan just a number?. Norway’s Minister of Defence Grete Faremo is shooting in the dark about how many Norwegian soldiers have been physically injured whilst fighting in Afghanistan. The military claims it is 32, two of them seriously; VG writes it is 48, at least eight in battle and 13 seriously. The Brits and Americans know their casualty numbers; the Norwegian minister is not familiar with hers. She believes it could be even more. VG’s figures show approximately 495 soldiers have visited army doctors and military hospitals during almost 10 years of operations in Afghanistan, with complaints ranging from allergies and Athlete’s foot, to serious and lifelong injuries.

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Editorial: Are Norway’s soldiers in Afghanistan just a number?

Published on Tuesday, 4th January, 2011 at 16:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:34.

Norway’s Minister of Defence Grete Faremo is shooting in the dark about how many Norwegian soldiers have been physically injured whilst fighting in Afghanistan.

Grete Faremo
Grete Faremo
Photo: Taral Jansen/Forsvaret


The military claims it is 32, two of them seriously; VG writes it is 48, at least eight in battle and 13 seriously. The Brits and Americans know their casualty numbers; the Norwegian minister is not familiar with hers. She believes it could be even more.

VG’s figures show approximately 495 soldiers have visited army doctors and military hospitals during almost 10 years of operations in Afghanistan, with complaints ranging from allergies and Athlete’s foot, to serious and lifelong injuries.

Load the army apologies for unintentional misinformation, “we must aim to do better,” says Minister Faremo, point to needing time, fire political rhetoric about being dissatisfied with the current situation.

An army Major General and doctor claims injury figures are imprecise because the military fears it will lead to fewer recruits. He also says some soldiers do not report their injuries because they fear being passed over from promotion.

Minister Faremo’s knowledge of her officers has become a mess.



Published on Tuesday, 4th January, 2011 at 16:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:34.

This post has the following tags: afghanistan, defence, gretefaremo, nato.





  
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