Norway’s government said Thursday that it would join a military coalition to fight the Islamic State extremist group in northern Iraq, and that it would consider providing military training of Iraqi forces but not fighter jets.
“There’s been a lot of dynamic since [U.S. President Barack] Obama’s speech last Wednesday, and further specification during the weekend of what kind of military contributions they wanted,” said Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide. “For us, it’s been important to start planning.”
The U.S. administration is assembling an international coalition of countries to fight the extremist group Islamic State, sometimes labeled ISIL or ISIS. Countries would take part in strikes, help train Iraqi troops and Syrian rebels, fund the campaign and provide other forms of support. […]