The Red Party demands answers about Norway’s role in military operations in Iraq and Syria

Bjørnar MoxnesPhoto: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB
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The Red Party’s leader Bjørnar Moxnes believes the government has tacitly accepted that the United States has carried out airstrikes against civilian targets in the war against Iraq and Syria.

In December, Moxnes sent a written question to Minister of Defense Odd Roger Enoksen (SP) after The New York Times made allegations that the United States may have carried out a series of airstrikes against civilian targets in the war against Iraq and Syria.

“The revelations about the US secret war in Syria and Iraq are shocking. They concern us, because we participated in the war against the terrorist group ISIS. What did Norway know about this? What have we really been involved in?” Moxnes asked.

Enoksen’s response

Enoksen’s response states that Norwegian forces have always based their efforts on compliance with the international rules of war in particular and international law in general and that Norway presupposes that coalition partners do the same.

Moxnes reacted to Enoksen’s response.

“The fact that Norway’s Minister of Defense will not comment on the latest revelations about American massacres of civilians can not be accepted,” he noted.

In a comment to The New York Times, a spokesman for the US Central Command said that the US would learn from its mistakes.

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

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