Norway had to beg to be included in the anti-ISIL force

Chicken always come home to roost.

In spite of throwing millions of dollars into trying to influence politics where it matters, Norway’s humpty-dumpty forays into playing in the powerful guy’s club has failed miserably. Too often trying to go it alone (such as being the ONLY ONES to invite Hamas terror outfits to cosy meetings in Oslo – and who can forget former FM Støre when confronted with Hamas meetings he really would have wanted to stay private, MUCH MUCH more embarrassing that David Cameron’s indiscreet comments about the Queen’s reaction to the Scotland independence referendum – has been duly noticed and not appreciated by the ones who really make decisions in the world (even Obama didn’t want us, in spite of not having a strategy on the IS affair, he was fairly clear that Norway was not going to be a part of whatever ‘strategy’ he eventually would put together). Also, Norway’s insistence on the ‘humanitarian’ aspect has not been appreciated, and as a thank you for efforts not admired, Norway was held outside the discussions on how to deal with the IS… for a nation obsessed with its international image, this really sucks!

 

lifted from aftenposten.no (google translate)

Therefore, Norway was first dropped in the fight against IS
OSLO / PARIS (Aftenposten): During the NATO summit in Wales got Solberg government a security policy cold shower. Without that Norway was aware of it, called the United States nine close allies into a side meeting and announced a “coalition” against IS. Norway was not invited.
Per Anders Johansen, Robert Gjerde, Vibeke Knoop Rachlin
Updated: 16.sep. 2014 9:46
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– Norway did not even know about the meeting in Wales before it was held. It loves not the Norwegian side, says Helge Lurås, head of the Center for International and Strategic Analysis.

– Now it starts to get so many in the coalition against IS, making it difficult for Norway to stand on the outside, says NUPI researcher Ståle Ulrichsen.

This is one of the main explanations for the Foreign Minister Børge Brende yesterday said that Norway is considering to provide “military competence” in the US-led coalition.

A week ago it was only appropriate to help with humanitarian efforts.

– The fact that Brende go out now, is a result of the discomfort of not being part of the inner circle of ten countries. That of course does not like this government, which places even greater emphasis on good transatlantic relations to the United States, says Lurås.

Foreign Minister Børge Brende also confirms Aftenposten that Norway was not asked at the NATO meeting, but the request from the United States came later.

Do not stand in the hallway
In mid-August, Prime Minister Erna Solberg that it was only necessary to provide humanitarian aid in Iraq. In Parliament, it caused a surprise that such a supposed US-friendly government was so categorically that Norway would not contribute militarily to the IS.

Three weeks later collected NATO countries’ heads to the important summit in Wales.

Behind the scenes, invited Secretary John Kerry and President Barack Obama nine countries to a meeting on 5 September.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide and Foreign Minister Børge Brende was not invited when the United States gathered his closest allies in the coalition against IS 5 September. The reason was that Norway in advance made ​​it clear that it was not appropriate to contribute militarily.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide and Foreign Minister Børge Brende was not invited when the United States gathered his closest allies in the coalition against IS 5 September. The reason was that Norway in advance made ​​it clear that it was not appropriate to contribute militarily.
PHOTO: Bendiksby, Terje
Shortly after Obama announced that he had made ​​a new coalition in the fight against IS. For Norwegian diplomats, government and the Ministry of Defence was great surprise.
Countries such as Poland, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, Turkey and Denmark was with, while Norway was neither informed or invited.

– USA invited by the countries that had already said that they would support the military. Norway was not part of that group. There is no reason why Poland should be included, but not Norway. But since Norway initially had said that we could help, so we were not invited, says Lurås.

– I was surprised at how passive a government with the Conservative Party and the Progress Party was at the start. Now they are more back on track.

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Increases terror risk
From several sources pointed out that the Norwegian military contribution in the fight against IS can increase the terrorist danger, but that it should not be an argument for Norway.

– The more direct and proactive support Norway participates military and the more visible it is in the media, the greater the risk. One can not and should not make such decisions based on the idea that one can avoid terror, says terror researcher Magnus Ranstorp at the Swedish Defense College.

– You should know about it, but it should not be part of the assessment. The key must be if this is in principle right to do, independently of the terrorist risk.

Although Brende now allows Norway to contribute militarily to fight IS, the case has not yet been addressed in the Government.

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Norway capacity
Foreign Minister Børge Brende denies that Norway will send attack aircraft or combat forces in the fight against the extreme Islamists.

Foreign Minister Børge Brende participated yesterday in a meeting in Paris on how IS should be combated. Now, 20 countries pledged to provide the necessary support to Iraq.
Foreign Minister Børge Brende participated yesterday in a meeting in Paris on how IS should be combated. Now, 20 countries pledged to provide the necessary support to Iraq.
PHOTO: Vibeke Knoop Rachlin
– There is no question of either air support or combat forces, but any training of Iraqi Kurds, says Minister Aftenposten in Paris.
Brende swore that it should not stand in Norway in the overall fight against IS, and that Norway did not “refuse” ones.

If we look at the capacity it is also most appropriate that Norway contributes with a group of officers and soldiers who can operate military training and logistics, said NUPI researcher Ståle Ulrichsen.

– Fixing Government decided to send a team of approximately 20 staff officers who can conduct training and logistics, you can do it without causing serious consequences, says Ulrichsen.

Force is now awaiting a call from the Government to establish what Norway can contribute militarily.

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Request special forces
The Norwegian Special Forces have long been sought after in international operations. The problem is that Special Forces already has an extensive, costly and important mission in Afghanistan, where they train the local Afghan special forces.

– There are not many countries that can do this. In this case, we use special troops home. Then we must weaken Norway’s existing emergency, says Ulrichsen.

Next year will also Telemark Battalion in NATO’s new rapid reaction force.

In addition, parts of the armor battalion earmarked EU military force “Nordic Battle Group”, led by Sweden.

fighters
Another option could be to send fighters to Norway did during the war in Libya.

At that time Norway is among the countries that conducted the greatest numbers of bomb attacks. Now the challenge is that the Norwegian Air Force has been on the move and more new systems are being introduced. In addition, there are simply not enough people.

– Norway can probably scrape together some aircraft. However, personnel shortages in the Air Force is to touch and feel. It is not easy to extract the pilots and personnel to Iraq, without simultaneously weakening the preparedness and the existing capacity at home, for example, to intercept Russian fighter jets, says Ulrichsen.

– Useful meet
Børge Brende said that the summit Monday in Paris had been important, especially because the representatives of all the countries participating in the UN Security Council were present, including Russia and China. The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius summed up the meeting by saying:

– We have no choice. IS even say that either one of us, or we’ll kill you.

The meeting was also a humanitarian and ideological. The battle against alien who allow themselves to enlist have intensified, not least to avoid some of these will return to their original homeland and committing assassinations there. The danger of exactly this just gets bigger and bigger, say the experts.

In all, 51 countries are now participating in the cooperation for peace and security in Iraq.

1 comment for “Norway had to beg to be included in the anti-ISIL force

  1. motti
    October 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Never mind about IS and ignoring the peril of Iran going nuclear. Will some kind Norwegian please allow me the difference between Hamas, Iran, Hezbullah IS etc? Of course, as Norway is allied with Hamas and Iran against Israel, why should Norway be trusted again?
    The UK is a tiny force these days due to government cutbacks in equipment and personnel. Amazing that Norway dropped so many bombs against the insurgents. Just how many were innocent civilians?

    The people who are factually aware of the political, social and religious dogma that is tearing apart the middle east know there is only one real country that the USA can depend upon and that is Israel. Turkey has long shown its true colours under the despotic Nazi Erdogan.

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