Norwegian, Danish Forces to Leave Afghanistan Amid ‘Disappointing’ Situation

According to a Norwegian government report, the country managed to achieve only one goal in Afghanistan, namely being a good ally of the US.

After the US announcement to pull back its troops from Afghanistan, its Scandinavian allies Norway and Denmark have decided to follow suit.

“We will begin the withdrawal of Norwegian forces on 1 May and will finish in September”, Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide told national broadcaster NRK.

According to Chief of Defence Eirik Kristoffersen, the Norwegian forces will be among the last to leave Afghanistan.

A similar announcement has come from Denmark.

“We are starting our preparations”, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told TV2. “Of course, we will never again allow that there is a sanctuary for terrorists who can attack us. Whether it is in Afghanistan, Iraq, or in the ‘caliphate'”, he added.

Norway currently has about 95 people in Afghanistan, including a medical team of around 40 people and special forces located at an airport in Kabul. Denmark has about 160 personnel in the country, divided into training, advisory and support tasks, as well as staff officers for logistical, administrative, and technical support.

‘Disappointing’ results

Apparently, the US-led alliance is withdrawing without any guarantees from the Taliban, which is seen as less than optimal.

According to a report by a government commission, Norway has not contributed to changing the developments in Afghanistan. Despite years of international efforts,…

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