Norway to deploy special operations forces to support ISIS combat mission in Jordan

2 May 2016 (Last Updated May 2nd, 2016 18:30)

Norway is planning to deploy special operations forces to Jordan to support Syrian Arab Sunni's fight against ISIS.

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Norway is planning to deploy special operations forces to Jordan to support Syrian Arab Sunni's fight against ISIS.

Nearly 60 soldiers will train Syrians fighting the terrorist group, AFP reported.

Norway will join a list of countries that have provided additional contributions to combat ISIS.

The country's decision is being backed by US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who said: "I welcome today's announcement from Prime Minister Erna Solberg that Norway will expand its role in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

"I have invited Minister Søreide to this Wednesday's meeting in Stuttgart with my counterparts from countries leading the coalition's military effort against ISIL.

"We will use this meeting to assess the state of the campaign, discuss the next steps in the fight and determine what additional capabilities we will need to accelerate ISIL''s defeat.

"Our campaign is gathering momentum, but there is more work to do and more resources needed to finish the job."

"Our campaign is gathering momentum, but there is more work to do and more resources needed to finish the job including in the areas of economic and political support. I look forward to other nations following Norway's example."

Norway is yet to identify the Syrian groups that will be trained.

However, Norway Defence Minister Ine Eriksen SoreidIne Eriksen said that the Syrian groups were selected after undergoing a 'thorough and systematic' selection process.

Solberg was quoted by the news agency as saying: "The brutal acts by IS have cost many civilians their lives and led an even greater number to flee (the country)."


Image: Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Photo: courtesy of Kjetil Ree.