Norwegian forces will be among the last to leave Afghanistan

Afghanistan soldierPhoto: AP Photo / Rahmat Gul
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NATO has started its withdrawal from Afghanistan, but according to the Armed Forces, the Norwegian forces will be among the last to leave the country.

The US and NATO forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by September 11, and the official withdrawal has already begun.

Norway has special forces and a military field hospital in Kabul, but the approx. 95 people included in the Norwegian force contribution will be among the last to be withdrawn, the Armed Forces stated.

Both the special forces and the field hospital are stationed at the airport in Kabul and, according to the Armed Forces, will have an important role when NATO extraction begins.

Norwegian forces will, therefore, be among the last NATO segments to be extracted, according to forsvaret.no.

Kristoffersen: Important contribution

Chief of Defense Eirik Kristoffersen believes this shows how important the Norwegian contribution is.

“It shows that we contribute capabilities that are important not only for Afghanistan but also for NATO,” he said.

According to the Chief of Defense, the specific timetable for when Norwegian forces will be withdrawn will be decided in close dialogue with NATO.

“We should be proud of what Norway has contributed in Afghanistan,” Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen told forsvaret.no.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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