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Norway Gets a Taste of Terror

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Posted on Jul 8, 2010
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What is a sleepy Scandinavian country doing in al-Qaida’s cross hairs? That’s the question many Norwegians are asking themselves after three people were arrested on charges of planning to attack the country.

The BBC reports that it may have something to do with Afghanistan, Mideast peace negotiations and that Danish Muhammad cartoon.

More background on the arrests here.

BBC:

But there has been much water under the bridge in the seven years since that threat, and Thursday’s announcement of the arrest of three people on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack - one of them a Norwegian citizen - has so far been met with less incredulity.

In 2006 Norwegian embassies in the Middle East were attacked following the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Danish and Norwegian newspapers. International news media broadcast pictures of the Norwegian flag being burned in protest.

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By PatrickHenry, July 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment

Clear as mud.

I guess we can’t have a wealthy socialist pacifist state like Norway not get in on hunting down some Al Qaeda (much like a snipe hunting).

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By brewerstroupe, July 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

“We believe this group has had links to people abroad who can be linked to al Qaeda, and to people who are involved in investigations in other countries, among others the United States and Britain,” said Janne Kristiansen, who heads the Police Security Service (PST).
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6671N620100708

Yup. Open and shut. Send in the drones

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