Norwegian forces continue in Iraq

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, shakes hands with visiting Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. The Norwegian prime minister was expected to meet with Iraq's president, prime minister and foreign minister to discuss regional security, bilateral relations, and oil investments. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

The Norwegian military force deployed in Iraq will continue its work in the country throughout 2020.

In connection with Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s visit to Iraq on Monday, it was also announced that the Norwegian military’s contribution in the country will continue next year.

– Norway will continue the military contribution to training security forces in Iraq by 2020, says Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H), who visited the Norwegian soldiers in Operation Inherent Resolve.

Norway’s contribution to Iraq is about 70 people, located in the Anbar region west of the capital Baghdad. Norway also has about ten people in NATO’s Iraq operation (NATO Mission Iraq, NMI) and retains a small logistics element in Jordan to support operations in Iraq, the Ministry of Defense said in a press release.

The Norwegian contribution is to train Iraqi soldiers for weapons use, first aid and harmless road bombs.

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