Bruun-Hanssen: Coaching Syrian rebels is definitely worth the threat

Bruun-Hanssen: Training Syrian rebels is worth the risk

Chief of Defence Haakon Bruun-HanssenOslo.Chief of Defence Haakon Bruun-Hanssen.Photograph: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

Chief of Workers of the Norwegian Miliary: Haakon Bruun-Hanssen concedes that there are huge dangers concerned in coaching Syrian rebels for battle. However the necessity to fight extremism within the IS makes the chance acceptable, he mentioned.

It’s a dilemma who we’re to coach, what they do after we’ve educated them, and what they are going to do after they’ve defeated Isil. I’ll admit that we nonetheless aren’t positive about the suitable options to this. However we’ve spent loads of time on weighing our choices and their possible and potential penalties: What’s the threat that we give navy coaching to rebels we’ll later remorse giving that navy coaching to, measured towards the navy coaching being vital for combatting Isil,  Bruun-Hanssen says to Klassekampen
He isn’t prepared to supply any particulars on which Syrian insurgent teams which might be to be educated by Norwegian troopers.The US-led navy coalition as an entire will determine on which teams which might be to be educated, and this implies Norway has restricted affect.
– Will probably be restricted in the identical approach it’s to us in Iraq now. In Iraq, the Iraqi authorities have determined who’re to be educated, and that has made it difficult for us to ensure we all know who these persons are.
The Chief of Workers said that  a “screening” of the people which might be to educated by Norway is now happening, and that it’s applied by america and Jordan.
– A screening course of in itself gives no assure that we are going to not prepare somebody who could trigger issues for us sooner or later, however we will sift out these we all know will trigger issues in the present day, he says.

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