“Fewer IS jihadists returning to Norway,” PST says / News / The Foreigner

The Foreigner “Fewer IS jihadists returning to Norway,” PST says. About 50 to 60 people have travelled to Syria to participate in Jihad in the last year, but fewer than those travelling to Syria have returned to Norway again, according to the Police Security Service. Personnel believe this tendency is due to Norwegian jihadists forming close ties with the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Two Norwegians in particular quickly established leader roles in the IS hierarchy in Syria. One of them, who has been named and appeared in a IS propaganda video, is from eastern Norway. The other leader’s name has not been released, but is reported to be of African background and having lived in eastern Norway’s Bærum, Aftenposten reported.                 

norway, terror, attack, syria, jihad



The Foreigner Logo

The Foreigner is an online publication for English speakers living or who have an interest in Norway. Whether it’s a glimpse of news or entertainment you’re after, there’s no need to leave your linguistic armchair. You don’t need to cry over the demise of the English pages of Aftenposten.no, The Foreigner is here!

Norske nyheter på engelsk fra Norge. The Foreigner er en engelskspråklig internett avis for de som bor eller som er interessert i Norge.

Google+ Google+ Twitter Facebook RSS RSS



News Article

LATEST:

“Fewer IS jihadists returning to Norway,” PST says

Published on Sunday, 31st August, 2014 at 20:14 under the news category, by Susanne Tunge Østhus.
Last Updated on 9th November 2014 at 09:25.

About 50 to 60 people have travelled to Syria to participate in Jihad in the last year, but fewer than those travelling to Syria have returned to Norway again, according to the Police Security Service.



Personnel believe this tendency is due to Norwegian jihadists forming close ties with the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

Two Norwegians in particular quickly established leader roles in the IS hierarchy in Syria. One of them, who has been named and appeared in a IS propaganda video, is from eastern Norway. The other leader’s name has not been released, but is reported to be of African background and having lived in eastern Norway’s Bærum, Aftenposten reported.                 

“About 20 [jihadists] have come back to Norway, but the incoming traffic has almost completely stopped since the winter”, senior PST adviser Siv Alsén told NRK this week.

The broadcaster has also reported that at least nine people travelling from Norway to Syria have been killed while fighting jihad for IS. The PST has not confirmed this number.

Dagbladet claims to know the identities and background of the four terrorists from IS who sparked the terror alert on Thursday the 24th of July.

These four were suspected to be on their way to Norway to carry out a terrorist attack on behalf of the extremist organisation IS.

A cooperative foreign service notified the Norwegian Intelligence Service on the 18th of July that they had information suggesting a terrorist attack against Norway was going to take place.

At the same time, another cooperative foreign service informed the Police Security Service that a terrorist attack against Norway was planned.

Security and intelligence agencies in Europe believe that the four suspected IS terrorists went to Athens in mid-July, but all the traces stop there, according to Dagbladet.

Norwegian security authorities received pointers from partner services abroad suggesting that the terror alert seemed daunting.

Even though the terror alert is not as visible in Norway today as in the summer, it has been established that the threat of a terrorist attack is not over, Dagbladet reported.

About 20 Islamists who were either asylum seekers or staying illegally in Norway were forcefully expelled After PST’s terror alarm on the 24th of July after the PST’s 24th July terror alarm, NRK wrote. 

The news of Norwegians participating in jihad in Syria has sparked a nationwide debate over Islamic radicalisation in. It is now feared that Islamic radicalisation work to isolate and stigmatise all Muslims in Norway.

”If Muslims are not believed when they say they love the Norwegian society, a good number of them will give up on being accepted by mainstream society. Then there is a risk that they may turn to fundamentalist forms of Islam,” Islam researcher at Fafo Olav Elgvin told Vårt Land.

Norwegian Police have praised the Islamic Council Norway (IRN) for their initiatives on preventing radicalisation through leisure activities.

“I think that if you start early and work with healthy activities, it will be a part of preventing both crime and radicalisation,” Oslo Police Superintendent Erik Andersen said to Klassekampen.

He also emphasised that it is vital to and have dialogue with Norwegian Syrians returning home as a measure to fight radicalisation.

According to Aftenposten, some 2,000 Westerners have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight jihad for the IS. 

Facts about the Islamic State:

  • Islamic State (IS) was formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • The group was formed in Iraq in 2004 after the US invasion.
  • The Islamic State roots in al-Qaida, but because of their brutal methods al-Qaida chose to cut ties with IS this year.
  • The terrorist group consists of Sunni militants whose goal is to establish a caliphate heavily grounded on Sharia laws.
  • The Islamic State’s leader is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
  • IS has carried out ethnic cleansing of Christians, Turkmen, Shabaks and Yazidis. Members of the Yazidis religious minority are currently in hiding from IS militants on Mount Sinjar.

(Sources: Dagbladet and USA Today).

News channel VICE News’ documentary on the Islamic State provides an overview of the Islamic State’s background and their vision.




Published on Sunday, 31st August, 2014 at 20:14 under the news category, by Susanne Tunge Østhus.
Last updated on 9th November 2014 at 09:25.

This post has the following tags: norway, terror, attack, syria, jihad.





  
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!