Swedish military PR group to Libya
TT/The Local/cg · 2 Jul 2011, 10:01
Published: 02 Jul 2011 10:01 GMT+02:00
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The Swedish soldiers assert that they will not be conducting military propaganda.
"We won't lie, that always comes out with an incredible backlash," said lieutenant colonel Per Galvér at a press meet.
The information missions can include educating civilians about risks with unexploded bombs, or informing about war laws.
This trip marks the first time Sweden has sent this type of personnel to military operations, although information to the public is also an important part of the ground work in Afghanistan.
According to Galvér, the placement will result in increased insight and influence in the operation.
"You get influence based on how much you contribute," he said.
Swedish Gripen air craft are already party of the military operation, which has mandate from the United Nations to protect civilians from Muammar Qaddafi's regime.
A Swedish boarding force numbering roughly 40 people will also be joining the operation, according to a Riksdag decision, but it is still unclear when and how this will occur.