Soldatene fra Kurdistan Army får sine diplomer på gjennomgått og bestått opplæring av de norske soldatene fra Telemarkbataljonen ved leieren i Nord-Irak / Soldiers from the Kurdistan Army receive their diplomas on successfully completed training of the NoSoldatene fra Kurdistan Army får sine diplomer på gjennomgått og bestått opplæring av de norske soldatene fra Telemarkbataljonen ved leieren i Nord-Irak / Soldiers from the Kurdistan Army receive their diplomas on successfully completed training of the Nohttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/ftkirakC8476.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2659Soldatene fra den kurdiske hæren fikk sine beviser på gjennomgått og bestått opplæring. Soliders from the Kurdish Army got their graduation diplomas after four weeks of military training.
Soldatene fra koalisjonen oppstilt på paradeplassen før soldatene fra Kurdistan Army skal få sine diplomer på gjennomgått og bestått opplæring av de norske soldatene fra Telemarkbataljonen ved leieren i Nord-Irak / Soldiers from the coalition on the paradSoldatene fra koalisjonen oppstilt på paradeplassen før soldatene fra Kurdistan Army skal få sine diplomer på gjennomgått og bestått opplæring av de norske soldatene fra Telemarkbataljonen ved leieren i Nord-Irak / Soldiers from the coalition on the paradhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/ftkirakC8369.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2657Soldatene fra koalisjonen oppstilt på paradeplassen før soldatene fra den kurdiske hæren får sine beviser på gjennomgått opplæring.Personnel from the coalition took part in the graduation ceremony. The soldiers from the Kurdish Army got their graduation diplomas after four weeks of training.
Sjef FOH, generalløytnant Morten Haga Lunde var tilstede under sermonien hvor de Kurdiske soldaten fikk sine diplomer for gjennomført trening av Telenarkbataljoen i Nord-Irak / Chief Norwegian Joint Headquarter LtGen Morten Haga Lunde was present when theSjef FOH, generalløytnant Morten Haga Lunde var tilstede under sermonien hvor de Kurdiske soldaten fikk sine diplomer for gjennomført trening av Telenarkbataljoen i Nord-Irak / Chief Norwegian Joint Headquarter LtGen Morten Haga Lunde was present when thehttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/ftkirakR5968.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2658Generalløytnant Morten Haga Lunde møtte kollegaer fra den kurdiske hæren. Lunde er imponert over innsatsen fra både det norske og kurdiske personellet.Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde talking to colleagues from the Kurdish Army. He is impressed by the efforts made by the Norwegian and Kurdish personnel.
Generalinspektøren Rune Jakobsen var tilstede under sermonien hvor de Kurdiske soldaten fikk sine diplomer for gjennomført trening av Telenarkbataljoen i Nord-Irak / Chief Norwegian Army Rune Jakobsen was present when the sodliers from the Kurdish Army goGeneralinspektøren Rune Jakobsen var tilstede under sermonien hvor de Kurdiske soldaten fikk sine diplomer for gjennomført trening av Telenarkbataljoen i Nord-Irak / Chief Norwegian Army Rune Jakobsen was present when the sodliers from the Kurdish Army gohttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/ftkirakR5998.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2656Generalinspektøren for Hæren, Rune Jakobsen, er imponert over sine soldater fra Telemark bataljon og Hærens hurtige reaksjonsstyrke. Her i samtale med to av de norske instruktørene.Inspector General for the Norwegian Army, Rune Jakobsen, is impressed by the soldiers from Telemark Battalion and the Norwegian Army's Quick Reaction Force. Here talking to two of the Norwegian instructors.
Sjef FOH, generalløytnant Morten Haga Lunde var tilstede under sermonien hvor de Kurdiske soldaten fikk sine diplomer for gjennomført trening av Telenarkbataljoen i Nord-Irak / Chief Norwegian Joint Headquarter LtGen Morten Haga Lunde was present when theSjef FOH, generalløytnant Morten Haga Lunde var tilstede under sermonien hvor de Kurdiske soldaten fikk sine diplomer for gjennomført trening av Telenarkbataljoen i Nord-Irak / Chief Norwegian Joint Headquarter LtGen Morten Haga Lunde was present when thehttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/ftkirakR1819.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2660Generalløytnant Morten Haga Lunde og hans kurdiske kollega general Abdulla, sjef for treningen av kurdiske styrker.Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde and his Kurdish colleague General Abdullah, commander for the training of the Kurdish forces.

Stronger against ISIL

This Wednesday the Norwegian contingent in Iraq graduated its first battalion from the Iraqi security forces.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For the last four weeks, around 50 soldiers from Telemark Battalion and the Norwegian Army's Quick Reac​tion Force have trained personnel from Iraqi security forces. The training has taken place in a training camp outside Erbil, the capital in the Kurdish province in Northern Iraq. The Norwegian instructors have taught their Kurdish colleagues basic soldier skills like shooting training, medical services and detection of mines and explosives.

The camp is located close to the front where Kurdish troops are fighting the Jihadist militant group ISIL, and after four weeks of training, the first battalion graduated Wednesday 17 June. The aim is to make Kurdish soldiers more effective in combating ISIL, and to limit the loss of personnel.​

New battalion

Pres​ent during the graduation ceremony was Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde, Commander of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters.

"This is a special day. This is a new type of mission, and it is special being just 20-30 kilometres away from the front. It is important that we succeed in building expertise and knowledge to those soldiers going to the front," says Lunde.

During the graduation, the 500 Iraqi soldiers got their diplomas. In about a week, they will return to the front and continue the battle against ISIL. Next week the Norwegian instructors will start training a new battalion of Kurdish soldiers.

"The Norwegian personnel have done a fantastic job and prepared very well. What we have done the last four weeks is above what we are supposed to and able to deliver."​

Wide time frame

The Norwegian soldiers in Northern Iraq are not taking part in battle. It is not decided for how long Norway will train the Kurdish forces.

"It is difficult to say anything about th​​e time frame here. The Kurdish forces are probably around 150,000 to 170,000, so there are many soldiers who need training. Because of this, we must see the long perspectives in what we do," says Lunde.​

a Glo​​bal Threat

The Norwegian contribution is part of an international coalition in the fight against ISIL, or DAESH as the group is called in Arabic. Lunde points out that ISIL not only is a threat against Iraq and Syria, but also becoming a global threat.

"With its violent ideology arising from sectarian violence in Iraq, DAESH is incredibly dangerous and must be stopped. Iraq, the Kurds or other locals can't stop them alone, so it is important that we stand shoulder to shoulder in a broad coalition," says the Lieutenant General.​

Sharing Experiences

Inspector General of the Norwegian Army, Major General Rune Jakobsen, also took part in the graduation in Iraq. To him it was very special to meet "his" own people at work in Northern Iraq.​​​​

"I have noticed that we get recognition, and that our soldiers find this mission meaningful. It is important that many of our personnel have extensive experience from previous operations, so that we can share the experience," he said.​​

Published 18 June 2015 12:05.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:57.