Continued Swedish participation in military training efforts in Iraq

Published: 15 December 2017 at 11.34

The Riksdag has decided that Sweden will continue to participate in the military training efforts under way in Iraq in 2018.

These efforts are being undertaken to combat terror organisation Daesh and stabilise Iraq. The Government wants to make a Swedish armed force comprising a maximum of 220 people available until 31 December 2018.

The efforts are being carried out by an international coalition consisting of 69 countries, including several EU member states. The aims of the efforts include educating and training the security forces in Iraq and Syria. The military combat against Daesh led to the recapture of Mosul, Tal Afar and Hawija in 2017.

The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence wants the Government to report to the Committee on Foreign Affairs about the substance of the efforts, any changes in conditions and how the efforts are contributing to the realisation of objectives. This reporting should take place at the Committee on Foreign Affairs on three occasions in 2018. The Riksdag directed an announcement to the Government with this request. The Riksdag also directed an announcement stating that the Government should continue to develop the formulation of objectives in order to ensure they can be monitored.