Soldatene fra Telemark bataljonen trener opp de irakiske sikkerhetstyrkene i nord Irak/ Soldiers from the Telemark Battalion train up the Iraqi security forces in northern IraqSoldatene fra Telemark bataljonen trener opp de irakiske sikkerhetstyrkene i nord Irak/ Soldiers from the Telemark Battalion train up the Iraqi security forces in northern Iraqhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/netttkirakC8140.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3033En soldat fra Telemark bataljon evaluerer innsatsen til de kurdiske soldatene. Foto: Torbjørn KjosvoldA soldier from Telemark Battalion evaluates the Kurdish Peshmerga troops. Photo by Torbjørn Kjosvold, the Norwegian Armed Forces
Soldatene fra Telemark bataljonen trener opp de irakiske sikkerhetstyrkene i nord Irak/ Soldiers from the Telemark Battalion train up the Iraqi security forces in northern IraqSoldatene fra Telemark bataljonen trener opp de irakiske sikkerhetstyrkene i nord Irak/ Soldiers from the Telemark Battalion train up the Iraqi security forces in northern Iraqhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/netttkirakR1704.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3035Kurdiske soldater får opplæring i grunnleggende soldatferdigheter. Norske soldater deltar ikke i kamp, kun opplæring. Foto: Torbjørn KjosvoldKurdish soldiers get basic education in soldier skills. Norwegian soldiers do not participate in combat. Photo by Torbjørn Kjosvold, the Norwegian Armed Forces
Soldatene fra Telemark bataljonen ser ut over området de trener og bor i, leieren i bakgrunnen i nord Irak/ Soldiers from the Telemark Battalion looking out on the area they train up the Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq, theyr own camp in the backgrSoldatene fra Telemark bataljonen ser ut over området de trener og bor i, leieren i bakgrunnen i nord Irak/ Soldiers from the Telemark Battalion looking out on the area they train up the Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq, theyr own camp in the backgrhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/netttkirakC8084.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3036Soldater fra Telemark bataljon ser ut over treningsområdet. Leiren til venstre. Foto: Torbjørn KjosvoldNorwegian instructors from Telemark Battalion take a look at the training area outside Erbil. The camp is on the left. Photo by Torbjørn Kjosvold, the Norwegian Armed Forces

Iraq

In May 2015, the Norwegian Armed Forces sent their first military contribution to the international coalition established to counter ISIL.

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.

Staff Officers

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.

 Other International Operations

 

 

Balkans<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/tk7529-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />BalkansThe Norwegian Armed Forces have played an active part in stabilising the Balkans since the 1990s.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/balkans
Middle East<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/HMKG_UNTSO_Brendefur_051115_03.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Middle EastPersonnel from the Norwegian Armed Forces participate in several international operations in the Middle East.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/middle-east
South Sudan<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/tkunR0320.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South SudanSouth Sudan is one of the world's youngest nations. Since 2011, the Norwegian Armed Forces have participated in the UNMISS mission.http://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/operations/south-sudan

Published 12 June 2015 18:31.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:55.