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Lionhearted Norway changes tactics in Afghanistan. Despite daily accounts of fatalities amongst ISAF troops (International Security Assistance Force), an increasing number of people are positive to Norway’s engagement in Afghanistan. A recent poll conducted on behalf of VG shows just under half of think the country should remain in Afghanistan. 45 percent are in favour, whilst it was just 38 six months ago. At the same time 50 new soldiers attached to the OMLT (Operation Mentor Liason Team) are preparing to leave for the country, according to Nordlys.

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Lionhearted Norway changes tactics in Afghanistan

Published on Tuesday, 29th June, 2010 at 15:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Despite daily accounts of fatalities amongst ISAF troops (International Security Assistance Force), an increasing number of people are positive to Norway’s engagement in Afghanistan.

Grete Faremo
Grete Faremo
Photo: Taral Jansen/Forsvaret


A recent poll conducted on behalf of VG shows just under half of think the country should remain in Afghanistan. 45 percent are in favour, whilst it was just 38 six months ago.

At the same time 50 new soldiers attached to the OMLT (Operation Mentor Liason Team) are preparing to leave for the country, according to Nordlys.

Their job is to advise and be mentors for Afghan soldiers both in training and under live operations. Morale is high, even though they’ll be operating in the same area and using the same type of armoured IVECO vehicle used by the four soldiers killed two days ago.

“No one has suggested they won’t be going. The soldiers are mature and reflected, and most have been out on such missions before,” says Morten Eggen, in charge of the 50.

And today, Minister of Defence Grete Farermo announced a change in how and where Norwegian troops are deployed.

Faremo now believes spreading Norway’s troops in nine northern Afghanistan provinces as part of the RC North (Regional Command), together with those of its allies, rather more prudent. 20 percent of the country’s population is located there.

“An increase in the number of Afghan troops in the area enables us to modify our contribution. There may be a need to show greater flexibility, with a larger geographic scope for the Norwegian military forces,” she tells Bergens Tidende.




Published on Tuesday, 29th June, 2010 at 15:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: afghanistan, norway, isaf, roadside, bomb, ied, improvised, explosive, device, grete, faremo, minister, defence, armoured, vehicle, maymana, almar, faryab, killed, victims, soldiers.





  
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