The Resolute Support Mission took over after International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on 1 January 2015. The mission trains, advices and assists Afghan security forces. The Norwegian Armed Forces contribute with personnel from their Special Forces, and with officers who fill different staff positions in the mission.
What we do
TThe Resolute Support Mission provides training, advice and assistance for the Afghan security forces and institutions. It will not take part in combat actions.
Norway's history in Afghanistan
Since 2002, Norway has had several contributions to the international coalition forces. At the most, Norway had 600 soldiers in Afghanistan. In 2014 the number was 120.
Norway has participated with Ground Forces, Special Forces and air capacities like helicopters and F-16 fighter jets to ISAF. From 2004, the Norwegian efforts were concentrated in the north of the country, in the Faryab Province.
In 2005, Norway took the leadership for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Meymaneh. In 2014, Norway completed its last large mission for ISAF. The Norwegian camp Nidaros in Mazar-e-Sharif was taken down in July 2014, and ISAF was disbanded the same year.
The Norwegian forces have been in sharp situations and battles with rebel groups on several occasions. Ten Norwegian soldiers have been killed while on duty in Afghanistan.