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Norway plans to establish a counterterrorism force, in the wake of the Utoya massacre and the killing of Norwegian oil workers in Algeria. A report by Norway's three public security units found that "people and groups inspired by extreme Islamist ideology is the most serious threat in and against Norway in 2013," the government stated.
An appeals court overturned the terrorism conviction of Mullah Krekar, sentencing him to less than three years in jail for issuing threats and intimidating witnesses. Krekar, who founded Ansar al Islam in Iraq and is on US and UN terrorist lists, has avoided deportation to Iraq for the past nine years.
An Oslo court extended remand custody for Arslan Ubaydullah Maroof Hussein, a radical Islamist, for an additional two weeks. Hussein was arrested on Oct. 26 for threatening two journalists as well as the Jewish community in Norway.
Authorities are concerned about Norwegian jihadists going to Syria; most are from the radical Norwegian group Ummah. Other Norwegian jihadists have gone to Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen. Extremists Arfan Bhatti and Mohyeldeen Mohammad are currently in Syria along with some 30 other Norwegian citizens. An imam said "many desperate parents" asked him "about their children having been recruited by radical groups."
An appeals court added a year to the prison sentence of Mikael Davud, a Norwegian Uighur who was convicted of links to al Qaeda and plotting a terrorist attack on a Danish newspaper. The court reduced the sentence of accomplice Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak.