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Taliban increased threat to Norway Afghanistan base. Defence intelligence warns of augmented Taliban activity in the Faryab province where Norway’s military is based. The base is in an area declared by the extremist group as a “focus area” for attack, according to the new unclassified service assessment report. Norway and the US are currently responsible for security in the province. Afghan authorities, who are to assume these gradually from 2014, have also been alerted.

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Taliban increased threat to Norway Afghanistan base

Published on Wednesday, 15th June, 2011 at 11:10 under the news category, by John Price   .

Defence intelligence warns of augmented Taliban activity in the Faryab province where Norway’s military is based.

Soldiers prepare for mission, Faryab
Soldiers prepare for mission, Faryab
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Kroken


The base is in an area declared by the extremist group as a “focus area” for attack, according to the new unclassified service assessment report.

Norway and the US are currently responsible for security in the province. Afghan authorities, who are to assume these gradually from 2014, have also been alerted.

The unclassified Service assessment points out the threats of international terrorism and data attacks. Although the plan to give security controls to Afghan authorities is to stand, the report offers little optimism.

It is believed that there are increased cases of local conflict in the northern part of Afghanistan and the Taliban has strengthened its position, according to the report. Local authorities’ extended partnership with paramilitaries can also have aggravated the situation.

“These militiagroups are mainlyled by traditional power players in theprovince, where several actors have previously beenconsidered too controversial to be included insuch cooperation," the report states.

"With a furtherrise of local militias, it is reasonable to expect fronts will be heightened, and thus complicate the security situation further. Overall, these factorswill likely havea negative effecton the population's perception ofthe authorities in the province, which will complicateefforts to establish legitimate structure andlocal development."

The Faryab Province experienced its bloodiest year in 2010. Five Norwegians lost their lives and suicide bombers were introduced in the area.

“The missions have become more dangerous compared to how the situation was a few years ago. I am deeply worried for the security of our soldiers there. 2010 was a terrible year in Afghanistan,” Defence Minister Faremo tells VG.

Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen, Head of the Intelligence Service, authorities have to consider the long-term alternatives, alleging the use of militias will only help in the short run.

“If there’s something we know dominates in Afghanistan, it is shifting loyalties. Those looking forfriends that one day must also be able to count on them as such three years down the line,” he says, telling Aftenposten military defeats have not affected the Taliban’s overall potency in Afghanistan.

“I would say the Taliban is stronger now in areas where Norway has troops than several years ago,” he concludes.

The report also points out the threats of international terrorism, data attacks, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well factors in the Arctic, High North, Russia, Pakistan, China, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, the Middle East, and North Africa.




Published on Wednesday, 15th June, 2011 at 11:10 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: norwegiansoldiersafghanistan, faryabprovince, gretefaremo, intelligencereportafghanistan, lieutentantgeneralkjellgrandhagen.





  
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