Norway will send more troops and doctors to Northern Iraq

Ine Eriksen SøreideForeign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide ( Conservative Party )Photo: Marita I. Wangberg, FD

Norway will be sending a new team to northern Iraq to help fight the rebel group IS.

The new contribution means that the number of Norwegian soldiers in this effort will creep up towards the 100 mark, writes VG.
There are training officers and doctors, surgeons and nurses who will be sent off. Training officers will be in place “as soon as possible” in order to help train local security forces. The medical team of six to seven people will be sent in the early part of next year.
– This is a small but very important contribution, says Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) to VG about the new medical team.
Doctors will be stationed at an American field hospital in Arbil, where they will be working with colleagues from various countries.
– In such operations, it is very important to ensure the safety and security of both their own and allied soldiers, and to be able to handle all types of events. Therefore, a surgical team contribution will be very important for the whole coalition, said the defense minister.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today