JTF2 AND NORWAY’S SOF AT WAR

By David Pugliese

Ottawa Citizen

 

Joint Task Force 2’s comrades from the early days of the Afghanistan war have a new book highlighting their achievements. Norwegian special forces (NORSOF) played a major part in Task Force K-Bar which included U.S. and other special operations forces including Canada’s own JTF2.

Now my Norwegian colleague Tom Bakkeli has a new book out called “Norway’s Secret Warriors. Norwegian Special Operations Forces in The War Against Terror” which looks at Norwegian SOF and their missions.(there is also a small bit in the book on JTF2 snipers in Afghanistan).

Norway had a force of more than 70 special operators assigned to Task Force K-Bar in the early days. Those men from the Jaeger Kommando and Marine Jaeger Kommando served with the initial 40 JTF2, German SKS, Danish SOF, Navy SEALs and U.S. Air Force and Army special forces. Also along were New Zealand and Australian SAS.

Norway’s SOF community declined to officially co-operate with Tom (they may have opened back channels to him, I’m not sure). But once it came out the book was well received by the country’s special operations folks.

There are lots of details on ship boardings and maritime counter-terrorism, as well as a section on the Afghanistan war.

Tom’s book also has excellent photos of his country’s special forces operators. Most of the photos are taken by the Defence Forces SOF Photographer, Torbjørn Kjosvold with two examples of his work at this photo and this photo.

Tom was invited to meet some of the SOF operators and was taken for a tandem night parachute jump from a helicopter.

The book has sold 8,400 copies so far (that was several months ago so it’s likely more by now), which is considered very good in a country of 4.5 million people.

The unfortunate part of all this (for North Americans that is) is that the book is written in Norwegian……so I’m hoping some publisher will put out an English language version.

cheers
David Pugliese

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