Last troops soon to leave Afghanistan

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has confirmed that the last Norwegian troops stationed in Afghanistan will be leaving this summer. The pull-out has widespread support in Parliament, but Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre still claims it was correct to join US and NATO forces in the war-torn country years ago. Støre made several trips to […]

Troops start pulling out of Afghanistan

Norway intends to finally start pulling its remaining NATO troops out of Afghanistan from May 1st. The delayed withdrawal comes after the US and NATO confirmed a new coordinated pullout deadline of September 11, 20 years after the terrorist attacks on the US that led to the lengthy and unsuccessful war against terrorism. Norwegian Foreign […]

New chief’s been in battles before

For the first time since World War II, Norway is getting a defense chief with battle experience. Now General Major Eirik Johan Kristoffersen will need to take on a new sort of battle, for political support and funding to develop Norway’s armed forces. Kristoffersen holds what commentators, politicians and fellow soldiers have called an “impressive” background. […]

Norway boosts aid to Afghanistan

The Norwegian government is boosting its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan by NOK 48 million this year, because of drought and conflict.”The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is now even more demanding because of the drought,” said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. She made an unannounced visit to the terror-plagued country last week, and met both Afghanistan’s […]

Asylum murder suspect held in custody

An 18-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan, charged with murdering two other young asylum seekers in Trondheim earlier this week, has been ordered held in police custody while also recovering from a gunshot wound sustained while police were trying to arrest him. A fourth young Afghan man who was seriously injured in the attacks, has been […]

Norway faces own child refugee dispute

While Norwegian politicians joined international outrage over the US’ incarceration of illegal immigrant children this week, they were faced with controversy of their own over the custody and forced returns of young rejected refugees from Afghanistan. Reaction has been fast and furious to the Norwegian government’s attempts to send the mostly male teenagers to a […]

Asylum seekers decline by half

A total of 674 people sought asylum in Norway during the first three months of this year, just over half the number who sought asylum in the first quarter of last year. There aren’t fewer people fleeing war and poverty, it’s just become much harder to get to Northern Europe. The numbers of new arrivals […]

Deported Afghan refugees forced to flee

Seven out of 10 Afghan refugees who’ve returned to Afghanistan are forced to flee again, claimed the Norwegian Refugee Council (Flyktninghjelpen) this week. It has criticized the Norwegian government’s program of forced returns of refugees not deemed as qualifying for asylum, and its secretary general Jan Egeland will meet Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide next […]

Norwegian injured in Kabul attack

Arne Strand, a researcher specializing in Afghanistan for the Chr Michelsens Institutt (CMI) in Bergen, was reported to be in relatively stable condition at a hospital in Kabul after being caught in a terrorist attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul over the weekend.  Strand, an assistant director of CMI, was on what the institute […]

Calls rise to halt Afghan returns

Norway’s conservative government is under more pressure to stop sending rejected refugees back to Afghanistan, especially minors when they turn 18. Amnesty International is among those demanding the halt to forced refugee returns, claiming Afghanistan is as dangerous as ever, but there’s still broad political support for the practice, also from the Labour and Center […]