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Norway commits military staff in fight against Isis

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Norway commits military staff in fight against Isis
Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide pledge Norwegian support in the war against terror. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix
13:29 CEST+02:00
Norway's government officially ruled to let five Norwegian officers be included in the US-led coalition's fight against ISIS in Iraq, on Friday.

The five officers of the Norwegian military will be made available “for relevant headquarters planning and leading the international effort against ISIS in Iraq” for no more than twelve months, informed the Department of Defence.

Minister of Defence Ina Eriksen Søreide said to NTB: “It is important to show that the global society stands together in the fight against international terrorism, and that serious violations on human rights will not be tolerated. The government has decided that Norway will contribute with five officers, who will take part in the military planning and be able to contribute to a stronger basis for decision-making for an evaluation of possible further Norwegian military contributions.”
 
The Norwegian officers will first be sent to Tampa, Florida to begin their tasks as soon as possible.
 
The power of attorney is limited to Norwegian assistance in Iraq only. Norway can lawfully contribute to the war with military forces, providing the use of power is within  international law, said Norway's defence department.
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