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    During last weeks assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghan forces were assisted by Norwegian special forces. Kiwis were also part of the response team that supported Afghan forces.

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    https://www.thelocal.no/20180121/no...taliban-gunman-in-siege-at-luxury-kabul-hotel

    This was the latest instance of Norwegian special forces providing direct support to their Norwegian trained Afghan counterparts. Norwegian forces also assisted during the 2015 Park Palace attack and the American University of Afghanistan attack of 2016.

    https://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/...-vi-slaass-mot-kjemper-til-doeden/a/23917662/
     
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    As mentioned above, Norway has trained Afghan Special Police and Special Forces since 2007. That unit is known as the Crisis Response Unit 222, with their Norwegian advisor's mission known as the Special Advisory Operations Team 222 (SAOT222).

    These are Norwegian trained and Norwegian supported CRU222 soldiers of the Afghan police.

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    Their Norwegian advisors.

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    The USAF Expands MQ-9 Reaper Drone Force in Afghanistan to Its Largest Size Ever

    The air war over Afghanistan is rapidly heating up and a huge deployment of Reapers drones is the latest major development.


    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...force-in-afghanistan-to-its-largest-size-ever

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    The U.S. Air Force says its force of MQ-9 Reapersat Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan is now the largest deployment of the type to a single base ever. The drones are part of a larger surge in the air war over the country, which could still include yet more unmanned aircraft in the near future as other services, such as the U.S. Navy, consider their own unmanned contributions.

    The Air Force says there are now nearly three squadrons worth of Reapers at Kandahar, though it declined to give specific numbers, according to a report by Stars and Stripeson Jan. 26, 2018. The size and scope of American presence there had steadily shrunk since the NATO-led coalition officially ended combat operations in 2014. It has begun to grow again as the United States has reinvigorated its efforts against the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other militant groups in the country, deploying additional ground forces, including elements of the U.S. Army’s first ever dedicated advisory unit, the 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade, or 1st SFAB.

    Those deployments have in turn prompted a need for more close air support and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft “to make sure that they can accomplish their mission successfully,” U.S. Air Force Major General James Hecker, who is charge of both U.S. and other coalition air forces in the country, told Stars and Stripes. In addition to the extra drones, the Air Force sent mannedA-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft and HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopters to Kandahar.

    Having so many Reapers at the base will give the U.S. military and Afghan and coalition partners an impressive ability to monitor insurgents and terrorists along the country’s restive border with Pakistan. At least some of the MQ-9s there are the newer Block 5 version, which can carry an external fuel tank, allowing the drone to fly even further or remain in a specific area for a longer period of time.

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