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Swedish military PR group to Libya

This coming Wednesday will see ten Swedes travelling to Italy to engage in information missions, as part of the NATO-run military operation in Libya.

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.

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NATO

Turkey forms ‘permanent committee’ to assess Swedish Nato deal

Turkey on Thursday said a new "permanent committee" would meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with Ankara's conditions to ratify their Nato membership bids.

Turkey forms 'permanent committee' to assess Swedish Nato deal

Finland and Sweden dropped their history of military non-alignment and announced plans to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of
February. All 30 Nato members must ratify the accession.

Nato member Turkey has demanded the extradition of dozens of suspected “terrorists” from both countries under an accession deal the three signed last month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “freeze” the process over Sweden and Finland’s failure to extradite the suspects.

He accuses them of providing a haven for outlawed Kurdish militants. “If these countries are not implementing the points included in the
memorandum that we signed, we will not ratify the accession protocol,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed in a televised interview.

He said the committee would meet in August but provided no details.Turkey’s parliament has broken for its summer recess and will not be able
to hold a ratification vote before October. Some Turkish officials have warned that the process may drag out until next year.

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