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Icelandic journalist goes to Iraq

Herdís Sigurgrímsdóttir, a 26-year-old journalist, is going to Baghdad next month to work as an information officer for NATO on behalf of Íslenska fridargaeslan (“The Icelandic Peace Corps”) for six months.

“I won’t be walking outside on the streets,” Sigurgrímsdóttir said and added that everything she needs will be inside NATO’s so-called “green area” where no one has been killed for a few years, Morgunbladid reports.

She said she was looking forward to her new job, which she described as, “an interesting job in an international environment.” She added that she liked the fact that NATO did not operate in the battlefield but contributed to reconstruction.

Íslenska fridargaeslan, which is operated by the Foreign Ministry of Iceland, has been operating in Iraq since 2005. Two Icelanders have served in Iraq on behalf of Íslenska fridargaeslan before Sigurgrímsdóttir.

NATO is training superior officers in the Iraqi army to make them able to take over control of security issues. The NATO information officer delivers information and is responsible for communication and news service within NATO.

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