Norway has had been part of NATO’s operations in Afghanistan for years and will continue to keep troops in the country despite US President Donald Trump’s pending pullout. The defense ministry noted in a press release this week, however, that Norway’s assignment and contribution can change in accordance with needs.
News bureau NTB reported that talks are underway within NATO about what will happen with its military presence after Trump’s announcement that he wants to reduce the US contribution. Even if the Taliban follows through on recent negotiations with Afghan authorities, the terror threat is far from over and violence continues on a regular basis.
Norway has been taking part by providing special forces to NATO’s so-called Resolute Support Mission, along with health care services in Kabul. Norway has nearly 100 military personnel in the country and donates around NOK 60 million a year to help build up Afghanisan’s own security forces.