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Norway to send troops to southern Afghanistan
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20:39, February 26, 2008

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Norway's Defense Minister Anne-Grete Stroem-Erichsen said her country will send more troops to the troubled southern Afghanistan to fight the Taliban, according to reports Tuesday.

The fresh troops, including 50 Norwegian officers and soldiers, will be sent to Afghanistan in October to help training the Afghan troops, the minister told the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

"They will go with the Afghan force, wherever they are sent. This may mean that they will be engaged in fighting in all parts of Afghanistan, also in the south," the minister said.

The missions will last for up to three months, she added.

Last October, Stroem-Erichsen rejected NATO demand for deployment of Norwegian soldiers in southern Afghanistan, saying that her country should concentrate its troops in north of the war-torn country.

Norway has deployed around 500 troops in Afghanistan under the command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Most of the Norwegian troops are based in the peaceful northern province of Faryab.

Source: Xinhua

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