TEHRAN – Norway said on Thursday that the country might send troops into Syria, including special forces, after it received the country’s parliament authorization.
Oslo plans to send some 60 troops to Jordan this summer to train and support Syrian fighters battling ISIL, Swiss Info reported.
It said in May it would consult with parliament if there was a change in circumstances that meant the Norwegian troops could be needed inside Syria itself. On Wednesday parliament gave the go-ahead.
“Local forces, opposing ISIL, are making more progress than we could have expected. It is therefore more on the agenda that coalition forces should be able to train, advise and give operational support on Syrian territory in their battle against ISIL,” defense minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement.
Norway has also sent 120 soldiers to Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting ISIL in Northern Iraq.
Western governments have been contributing for the past two years to a so-called US-led coalition of forces claiming to battle ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
The presence of foreign forces in Syria has drawn fierce criticism from the country’s government, with Damascus saying that the unauthorized deployment violates Syria’s territorial integrity.