Norwegian people against training Iraqi soldiers

The Norwegian parliament said yes, but a great majority of Norwegians are hesitant or negative to Norway participating in the training of Iraqi military personnel.

In the poll, only 17 percent said yes to a Norwegian involvement, while 33 percent are negative to Norway participating in the training of military Iraqi forces, and 38 percent think the training should not be offered until Iraq has had a democratic election, reported the Norwegian paper Dagsavisen.

According to the plan, Norway is going to welcome 40 Iraqi officers this fall and offer them two weeks of training at Joint Warfare Center (JWC) in Stavanger.

The strategy of the training program was decided at the NATO summit in Istanbul in June of this year. The case was discussed August 20 in Stortinget’s extended foreign affairs committee, and there was a clear majority for participating in the training program of Iraqi personnel.

The survey was conducted by Opinion on behalf of Oslo Labor party.

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