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Norway to Send 60 Troops to Jordan to Train Syrians Fighting Daesh

Sputnik News

21:01 02.05.2016(updated 21:05 02.05.2016)

The contingent of around 60 soldiers from Norway will provide training, advice and operational support to local Syrian groups in Jordan that are fighting against Daesh, according to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Norway will send 60 troops to train and advise Syrians fighting against Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) militants inside Syria, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Monday.

This will be part of a broader international mission under a UNSC resolution that urges all UN member states to strengthen their efforts in the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

"The contingent of around 60 soldiers will provide training, advice and operational support to local Syrian groups that are fighting against ISIL," the statement by Solberg read.

Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said the Nordic nation was asked to increase its military contribution to the international coalition against Daesh.

"The fighting itself will be done by others, but we can help by enhancing their combat capabilities," Soreide said.

Norway's contribution will include special operations forces. The troops will be based in Jordan but Norway says the mission has a mandate to provide support from Syrian territory, although the motion will need parliamentary approval.


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