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Peacekeeping gone aggressive?

Parliament "misled" over Sweden's Afghan mission

Published tisdag 12 mars 2013 kl 18.55
Professor Wilhelm Agrell.

An historian has claimed that US orders in 2010 forced Swedish troops in Afghanistan to effectively enter the war there rather than serve as peacekeeping forces.

Swedish Radio reports that in 2009, the US military decided to change the mission in Afghanistan from one that sought to maintain order and build an Afghan state, to one that sought to fight all rebellion and uprisings in the country.

Professor Wilhelm Agrell says that order meant Sweden in effect entered the war against Afghanistan, and that the government never explicitly informed parliament about the new nature of the mission.

"I think the members of parliament who voted this change through may have reason to consider what it is they have vote for and what they have known and not," Agrell, now a professor at Lund University, tells Swedish Radio.

The shift led to Swedish forces engaging in more battles, Agrell says, and at one point firing 50,000 bullets in addition to launching hand granades within the span of a few days.

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