Finland Boosts Training Mission

By Simon Kent.

Finland is set to increase its training and assistance mission to Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, sending an extra 50 commandos to help the Kurds  counter improvised explosive devices and other ISIS tactics.

The move came amid some debate in the Finnish parliament, but MPs' concerns were assuaged by the fact that the Finnish military have assessed ISIS to be much weaker that two years ago, or even a year ago.

Dozens of countries are involved in the international coalition against the so called Islamic State, but only around 15 have committed anything resembling a combat effort. Nonetheless, small additions to the campaign appear to be adding up, as ISIS were recently reported to have lost 22% of their territory in the last year, and are suffering finance and manpower problems.

(Source: Defense News)


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