Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Afghanistan participation to be examined

Share this article

Afghanistan participation to be examined
43 Danish soldiers died in Afghanistan. Photo: Mads Nissen/Scanpix
07:15 CEST+02:00
The foreign minister calls on a thorough examination in order to "learn from both good and bad experiences" during a dozen years of war.
Denmark’s foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, has called for an extensive look into the nation’s involvement in the War in Afghanistan. 
Denmark’s formal military engagement ended in July 2013 after 12 years, but residuals forces remain in the country today. The war cost 43 Danish lives and a total of 20 billion kroner ($3.6 billion). 
Lidegaard did not detail what the investigation would entail but said it was important that the nation learn from its experience in Afghanistan. 
“We should be able to learn from what we did well and from what we did less well. We owe that to the soldiers, their next of kin and to the Danish people,” he told Politiken.
“I personally will not question whether it was necessary to get involved, but that’s the not the same as saying that we shouldn’t learn from both good and bad experiences,” he added. 
Lidegaard’s call to investigate Denmark’s involvement in Afghanistan was backed by the Conservatives, the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) and the Socialist People’s Party, while opposition parties Danish People’s Party and Venstre expressed scepticism. 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?