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Norwegian PM ‘content’ bin Laden dead, warns battle not over. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg calls Osama bin Laden’s death a “breakthrough in the war on terror” but warns against complacency. “Bin Laden has been responsiblefor some of history's worst acts of terrorism resulting in the loss of thousands of lives," he says, continuing, "I am satisfied that Osama bin Laden has finally been found and will no longer be able to continue his terror campaign.” The PM’s remarks follow a successful mission by US Navy SEALs to kill al-Qaida’s top leader on express orders of President Barack Obama.

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Norwegian PM ‘content’ bin Laden dead, warns battle not over

Published on Monday, 2nd May, 2011 at 17:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd May 2011 at 22:20.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg calls Osama bin Laden’s death a “breakthrough in the war on terror” but warns against complacency.

Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg
Photo: Office of the Prime Minister/Flickr


Short-term victory?

“Bin Laden has been responsiblefor some of history's worst acts of terrorism resulting in the loss of thousands of lives," he says, continuing, "I am satisfied that Osama bin Laden has finally been found and will no longer be able to continue his terror campaign.”

The PM’s remarks follow a successful mission by US Navy SEALs to kill al-Qaida’s top leader on express orders of President Barack Obama.

Following the news, US citizens nationwide celebrated the death of the man responsible for 9/11, and attack that sent shockwaves around the world.

Speaking to NRK earlier today, FM Jonas Gahr Støre joined the PM, saying, “[...] this is the man who has claimed responsibility for one of the worst terrorist attacks in our time. He has finally been made accountable for it.”

However, what is being seen as a feather on Obama’s cap could be short lived, according to several experts.

"With Bin Laden killed, Ayman al-Zawahri becomes the top candidate for the world's top terror job. It's too early to tell how exactly al-Qaida would change with its founder and supreme mentor gone, but the group under al-Zawahri would likely be further radicalized, unleashing a new wave of attacks to avenge Bin Laden's killing by U.S. troops in Pakistan,” writes The Associated Press (AP).

In his 2001 book “Knights Under the Prophet's Banner”, al-Zawahri talked of inflicting “as many casualties as possible” on the Americans, and the Pakistani al-Qaida has already threatened reprisals in the wake of Bin Laden’s killing.

Continuous danger

Helge Lurås, advisor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), warns people to be on their guard, short-term.

“This event will cause a temporary increase in the terrorist threat in some areas in the world. Al-Qaeda will probably be more concerned with carrying out acts of terror during the next few weeks to show the world that they are still a force to be reckoned with,” he tells NRK.

Moreover, the Police Security Service (PST) has previously said terrorist organisations in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan are actively recruiting Norwegian youths, arresting three alleged terror suspects with links to al-Qaida in a swoop last year.

Prime Minister Stoltenberg cautions, “The fight against terror is not won yet, we all have a common responsibility to continuing combating international terrorism.”




Published on Monday, 2nd May, 2011 at 17:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd May 2011 at 22:20.

This post has the following tags: osamabinladen, al-qaida, presidentbarackobama, aymanal-zawahiri, jensstoltenberg, jonasgahrstoere, .





  
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