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More attacks on Norwegian soldiers. The situation is deteriorating for Norway’s forces in Afghanistan. The military says their soldiers are being attacked almost daily. “It’s a hornet’s nest in Ghowrmach. We’re meeting more resistance and being shot at in places where we used to be able to move freely,” Lieutenant Colonel Knut Fredheim, head of the previous Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Maymana tells Aftenposten. Norwegian soldiers have come under fire 165 times in the first six months of 2010. The majority of these have been roadside bombs and direct or indirect attacks.

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More attacks on Norwegian soldiers

Published on Wednesday, 18th August, 2010 at 08:24 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The situation is deteriorating for Norway’s forces in Afghanistan. The military says their soldiers are being attacked almost daily.

Norwegian forces in Afghanistan
Norwegian forces in Afghanistan
Photo: Forsvaret/norsoftg


“It’s a hornet’s nest in Ghowrmach. We’re meeting more resistance and being shot at in places where we used to be able to move freely,” Lieutenant Colonel Knut Fredheim, head of the previous Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Maymana tells Aftenposten.

Norwegian soldiers have come under fire 165 times in the first six months of 2010. The majority of these have been roadside bombs and direct or indirect attacks.

ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) personnel are being called out more often, and to new areas. The military and researchers believe the reason is NATO’s 2009 decision to change its tactics.

“The rebels are unpredictable, have local knowledge, and it’s difficult to predict where they’ll hit,” says Lt. Col. Fredheim.

Helge Lurås, advisor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), has previously told The Foreigner he thinks the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable.

He believes the battle is more about US prestige.

“The policy-makers are in a state of denial as to how grave the situation is. America should have left years ago,” he says.




Published on Wednesday, 18th August, 2010 at 08:24 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: afghanistan, norway, soldiers, attacks, bombs, ghowrmach, maymana, us, nato, isaf, casualties.





  
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