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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.
Outside the US Embassy in Oslo, about 150 Islamists shouted "Obama, Obama, we are all Osama!" At a separate demonstration in central Oslo, hundreds of peaceful protesters gathered to denounce the recent anti-Islam film.
Mullah Krekar, the extremist cleric and founder of Ansar al Islam, was sentenced to an additional year in prison for intimidation and incitement to terrorism. In March he was sentenced to five years in prison on similar charges.
A wanted 33-year-old native Norwegian al Qaeda operative has been described as a convert to Islam who goes by the name Muslim Abu Abdur Rahman. He traveled twice to Yemen for terrorist training, is married to a diplomat's daughter, and has another family member who works in a ministry.
Officials from three European security agencies said that a Norwegian national who trained with al Qaeda in Yemen has become "operational." A native Norwegian, he is in his 30s and is a Muslim convert. In February, Norway's security service said that "several" Islamic extremists had left Norway for terrorist training camps abroad.
An Oslo court extended the detention of radical cleric Mullah Krekar for another eight weeks. His appeal against a five-year prison sentence for making death threats will be heard this fall.
Anjem Choudhary, an Islamist linked to the banned British groups Islam4Uk and Muslims Against Crusades, said that Muslims might take hostages in order to free imprisoned cleric Mullah Krekar. A court recently handed Krekar a five-year sentence for issuing death threats to public officials.
The day after being sentenced to prison for making death threats, Ansar al Islam founder Mullah Krekar was arrested for issuing more threats. His latest targets reportedly include Norwegian interests abroad, police officers, and a former prime minister.
Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, a.k.a. Mullah Krekar, was sentenced to five years in prison for making death threats; he immediately appealed the sentence. Krekar founded Ansar al Islam in Iraq, but humanitarian reasons prevent Norway from deporting him there.
Mullah Krekar, the founder of an Iraqi terror group who is currently on trial for threatening Norwegian leaders, spoke at a demonstration in Oslo about the Koran-burning incident in Afghanistan. He praised the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh as a "courageous" act done "in retaliation for the Quran and love of Islam." Norway will not deport Krekar because he may face the death penalty in Iraq.
During his trial for death threats against Norwegian leaders, Islamic extremist Mullah Krekar condoned the use of suicide bombers in Afghanistan. Norway has not deported him to Iraq as he might have to face the death penalty there.
Mullah Krekar, an Iraqi Islamist who moved to Norway in 1991 and founded the al Qaeda-linked Iraqi terror group Ansar al-Islam in 2001, admitted the threats he made about Norwegian leaders but said he is "not guilty." In 2009 he condoned suicide bombings against Americans and said the US deserved the 9/11 attacks. He is considering moving to Somalia.
Authorities arrested 26-year-old Mohyeldeen Mohammad in Larvik in connection with the posting of a video that threatened Norwegian leaders. Another man arrested earlier for producing the video is still in custody.
In the first convictions under Norwegian antiterror law, Mikael Davud, a Chinese Uighur, and Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd, were found guilty of plotting with al Qaeda to attack a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. An accomplice, David Jakobsen, an Uzbek, is charged with helping to make a bomb.
A man who posted a video threatening Norwegian leaders and promoting a demonstration against Norway's presence in Afghanistan was arrested in Skien. Authorities are investigating whether the suspect, a Muslim convert of Central American parentage, collaborated with others.
The head of the Police Security Service resigned today after disclosing in a meeting yesterday that Norway has intelligence agents in Pakistan. Diplomats in both countries talked the matter over today.