The decision to provide a Norwegian contribution to capability development for the Iraqi Armed Forces was made by the Norwegian government in October 2014. In May 2015, the first deployment consisting of 50 instructors deployed to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region in Northern Iraq. In addition, Norway has a second deployment to Baghdad, and a small number of support personnel and staff officers in the different headquarters running the operation.
Extended to 2017
In January 2016, the Norwegian parliament decided to extend the Norwegian contribution in Iraq to March 2017. The deployment in Baghdad, however, will be concluded in March 2016. Instead, Norway's efforts to the mission will be concentrated in the Kurdish Region in Northern Iraq. The Norwegian contingent might be increased, but the number of personnel will still be within the limit of 120 persons, as decided by Parliament.
What we do
The Norwegian force contribution supports the Iraqi government in developing the capabilities of its security forces. Norwegian instructors operate from a training facility outside Erbil, and also give education and training to Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. The Norwegian forces do not accompany the Iraqi forces in battle.
The coalition assists the Iraqi government along five lines of efforts, with Norway contributing actively within all five. These include the military fight against ISIL, halting the recruitment of foreign fighters, countering the ideology of ISIL, stopping the financing of ISIL and stabilising areas that have been liberated from ISIL control.
In addition to staffing the training facilities in Erbil and Baghdad, Norway sends staff officers to the coalition command structure in Kuwait and Baghdad. These staff and support functions will include the deployment of around 30 military personnel.