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Norwegian troop ready in Afghanistan

Grenader Odd-Erlend sjekker at siktet på en splitter ny 12,7 millimeter sniper er i orden.
Grenader Odd-Erlend sjekker at siktet på en splitter ny 12,7 millimeter sniper er i orden. (Foto: Lars Barth Heyerdahl/TV 2 Nettavisen)
KABUL (TV 2 Nettavisen): The Norwegian troop from Telemark’s Battalion is now established in Kabul and ready to start its missions.

The troop is assigned to assist with the protection of the Afghani constituent assembly, Loya Jirga, and making sure it is carried out as planned. Last June when Loya Jirga elected a new government, the meeting was partly sabotaged by impostors who pressured some of the delegates.

The Norwegian company is ready to take on missions less than a month after the Norwegian government decided to deploy it to Afghanistan.

Until now the troop has spent its time upgrading the old, Russian barracks the troop was assigned. The barracks have been empty since the former Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989.

Major Frode Ommundsen, head of the Telemark Task Force (TMTF) stated that the Norwegian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been very well received.

“We are very comfortable with the mission, and we sure that we will solve it,” Ommundsen concluded.

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