While preparing invasion of Iraq The US Marine Corps had to borrow a lot of advanced equipment from Norway. Among the equipment were 25 advanced laser target systems and measure systems. This became an embarrassed incident in Norway but its mostly forgotten.
Now however a new incident has come to our attention, at the same time US Marine Corps borrowed equipment from Norway US AID as well needed to borrow advanced communication equipment from the Norwegian company Telenor. They needed to test flow of information in humanitarian operations and find areas to improve.
But US AID never reached their targets due to combat operations and transferred the Norwegian equipment to The US Army. Telenor in Norway were not asked about this transfer and this was the root of the argument.
Soldiers made 4905 calls and surfed the net 2349 times during 31 days, most of the traffic were between soldiers and families/friends. The phone bill : over a half a million dollar. Telenor sent the phone bill to The US Army but they got it back, no one wanted to pay the bill. Telenor sued The US Army but had no luck getting through.
A few days ago the two parts agreed to a secret settlement, no one want to comment the incident.