Norwegian soldiers have resumed training of Iraqi forces

Iranian bombing caused a crater at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The Pentagon now says 50 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury caused by the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on an air base in Iraq where U.S. and coalition troops had taken cover in advance. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)


Norwegian forces have resumed training of Iraqi government forces in al-Asad camp, and Danish forces are doing the same at the end of the month.

The Norwegian and Danish soldiers suspended training of Iraqi government forces following an Iranian missile attack on the camp on January 8.

No one was killed in the pre-notified attack, which was a response to the US attack and killing of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3.

The Norwegian force contribution from the armored battalion in Troms entrenched itself in the camp and has now returned home after completing its mission.

“Seventy new soldiers, this time from the Telemark battalion, are now in place and have all resumed the mission,” says Colonel Ivar Moen of the Defense Operational Headquarters to NTB.

“They arrived on Friday, but are already on the mission and have held meetings with Iraq’s Seventh Division, which is the department to mentor and train,” he said.

– “The training will be gradually increased as they become known there,” says Moen.

“Danish soldiers are expected to resume training at the end of the month,” says Defense Minister Trine Bramsen.

“In the fight against terror, it is important that Iraq is not again a hotbed for terrorists’ recruitment and training,” she told Ritzau.

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