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Authorities said that five Norwegian military officers will be sent to the US to help with the US-led coalition against the Islamic State; the officers will be engaged in planning, most likely for the training of security forces. Noting that Norway has not yet decided the extent of its full contribution to the coalition, Defense Minister Soreide indicated that Norway will not help Syria fight against the IS. Norwegian intelligence said in August that up to 60 Norwegians have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the IS, and that 10 were killed there and about 20 have returned home.
Authorities refused to comment on a Norwegian media report that the July 24 terror alert was triggered by warnings that four Islamic State operatives were on their way to Norway via Greece to commit a major attack. Authorities reportedly said that two Norwegians answer directly to IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi; one is Bastian Vasquez, of Skien, and the other is of African origin and lived in Boerum. A Norwegian man confirmed that Greek authorities stopped a Syrian man with a Norwegian passport from flying to Oslo from Parga, Greece on Aug. 10 because he could not explain why he was flying to Norway from the resort town. Security officials said that as many as 300 Norwegian oil and energy companies were hacked, in the biggest such incident yet in Norway.
Some 5,000 people protested in Oslo against the Islamic State, in a demonstration organized by Norwegian Muslim groups. A government minister said Norway is considering legislation that will revoke the citizenship of Norwegians who seriously damage vital government interests or volunteer to serve in foreign military services.
The head of the PST announced that the terror alert has been lowered, as an attack by Islamist militants from Syria is no longer thought to be imminent. Norwegian counterterrorism experts indicated there was more to the warning than mentioned in the press. Police arrested a second suspect in the attempted murder of an Oslo imam who had spoken out against religious extremists; another suspect, a Norwegian man of Pakistani origin, was arrested on June 30.
Norwegian officials said the recent threat of an imminent terrorist attack has been somewhat reduced, backing off from an earlier warning that terrorists from Syria were already on their way to Norway. A former Danish security official criticized Norway's security agency for being so outspoken about the threat. An ISIS suicide bomber from Norway was identified as Jamel, a Tunisian who immigrated to Norway in 2006 but allegedly returned to Tunisia before dying in a suicide attack in Iraq in June.
Norwegian officials warned that terrorists intent on attacking Norway, possibly on July 28, have already left Syria. Authorities are increasing security around Norway's nuclear facilities, the Jewish Museum in Oslo, and other sites. The Islamic State tweeted about a Norwegian suicide bomber who detonated at an Iraqi military checkpoint in Baghdad on June 2.
The security police warned of a "credible" threat of a terrorist attack within the next few days against targets in Norway by people connected with Islamic extremists in Syria. The attack was reportedly planned in Europe. Security measures have been stepped up, and both the City Hall and the Royal Palace in Oslo were closed to tourists as a precaution. About 50 Norwegians are thought to have traveled to Syria to fight, as have about 40 Finns, and some 80 Swedes are said to have joined jihadist groups in Syria.
A Norwegian fighter was reportedly killed in Syria last week. Police arrested two men linked to last week's arrest of three Norwegians, including two had fought with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Syria; one of the two "witnesses," an Algerian, was let go, but the other, a relative of the two arrested jihadists, was detained. The two jihadist fighters were from the Oslo suburb of Baerum, said to be a growing center of Islamic radicalism in the country.
Norwegian media reported this week that a Somali man who had lived in Norway has been killed fighting in Syria. On May 27 police arrested a Somali and two Kosovans, all Norwegian citizens residing in Oslo, who are suspected of supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The two Kosovans are brothers who reportedly fought in Syria and had a brother who died there. Police are seeking to keep the three in custody for four weeks. At least 50 Norwegians are thought to have traveled to Syria for jihad, and seven have died there, all fighting for the ISIS. Norwegian Islamists in the Prophet's Ummah group advised members to use encrypted chats when talking about the Syrian jihad.