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Terror threat against Norway updated, terror attack a real possibility. UPDATED: Norway’s Police Security Service (PST) warns of the possibility of an attack in Norway in the next year, Wednesday. “It is likely that a terror attack could be threatened or attempted carried out in Norway in the next 12 months. Military intelligence and the PST have prepared a classified threat assessment which is communicated to the relevant ministries and agencies on the basis of developments in the threat picture,” say security officials in a statement. “The PST and military intelligence have previously warned of a negative development in the threat picture. The situation has escalated in recent months,” they add.

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Terror threat against Norway updated, terror attack a real possibility

Published on Wednesday, 5th November, 2014 at 12:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th November 2014 at 13:01.

UPDATED: Norway’s Police Security Service (PST) warns of the possibility of an attack in Norway in the next year, Wednesday.

Benedicte Bjørnland, PST director
Ms Bjørnland came with a new warning about terrorism and Norway.Benedicte Bjørnland, PST director
Photo: Police Security Service


“It is likely that a terror attack could be threatened or attempted carried out in Norway in the next 12 months. Military intelligence and the PST have prepared a classified threat assessment which is communicated to the relevant ministries and agencies on the basis of developments in the threat picture,” say security officials in a statement.

“The PST and military intelligence have previously warned of a negative development in the threat picture. The situation has escalated in recent months,” they add.

PST Director Benedicte Bjørnland comments to NRK that they do not know of any concrete plans at the moment.

However, “based on current trends in extreme Islamists’ goals and methods as well as the enemy scenario presented by ISIL, military personnel, police, and some policy makers might be particularly vulnerable,” the statement reads.

Officials also mention a speech that ISIL published in September this year. In it, the extremist group involved in the conflict in Syria and Iraq encourages followers to carry out attacks in all countries that are part of the US-led alliance against it.

“ISIL calls specifically for attacks against military personnel and members of the police, security, and intelligence services in this speech. The call in this speech must be viewed in the context of changes in the modus operandi for extreme Islamist terror in Europe in recent years,” they say.

Norway volunteered last week to send 120 military personnel to Iraq to contribute in the fight against ISIL. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg tells parliament today that “Norwegian forces will not participate directly in fighting.”

They are there to train Iraqi security forces for up to one year.

“We aim to participate at a training centre in (capital of Iraqi Kurdistan) Erbil, as well as advising and providing support for an Iraqi security force in the Baghdad area. We will be working closely with other allied contributors in both cases. The purpose of the contribution is to strengthen Iraq's ability to protect the country's own security,” Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide has said in a statement.

These 120 personnel come in addition to Norway’s contribution of staff officers involved in planning and management of international efforts against ISIL in Iraq.

Norwegian military personnel will also continue training Afghan security forces in Kabul next year, as well as providing minor support functions.

Some 75 personnel, mainly in the Kabul area, will contribute to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission (RSM).

Norwegian Special Forces soldiers will play a part in this, participating in the Special Operations Advisory Team.

They will aid the Afghan Special Police Force (CRU) in Kabul, as well as personnel in the British-led Special Operations Advisory Group in support of the General Command of Police Special Units.

Norwegian police increased their preparedness levels this summer following the PST’s announcement of the known terror threat against Norway.

At a press conference today, National Police Directorate (POD) Commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegård told reporters that “this is a different situation than we had in the summer. It is not the population who is threatened; it is groups in the military and police.”

“Several countries in the West have seen a negative trend in the threat picture over the last couple of years,” PST officials say in their statement.

“The development has resulted in heightened terror preparedness in many countries. There have been a number of arrests in western countries in recent times to avert terrorist attacks. Indirect or direct ties to terrorist organisation the Islamic State (ISIL) and the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have been shown in most of these arrests.”

“Common features of the plans have been attacking symbolically important targets with simple means.”




Published on Wednesday, 5th November, 2014 at 12:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th November 2014 at 13:01.

This post has the following tags: terror, norway, threat, syria, afghanistan.





  
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