Winds of war on Peace Prize day

Oslo's City Hall was once again ready to host the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Thursday. In the foreground, an historic military vessel berthed below Norway's Akershus Fortress, where Norwegian military chiefs are evaluating a request from the US for more help in the war against IS in Syria and Iraq. PHOTO:

NEWS ANALYSIS: Strong and unseasonably warm winds threatened to blow out the torches traditionally lit around Oslo’s City Hall on the morning of December 10, the day the Nobel Peace Prize is annually awarded inside it. As this year’s winners from Tunisia receive their prize on Thursday for championing dialogue instead of violence, an entirely different dialogue […]

US asks for more help to fight IS

Norway sent fighter jets to take part in the bombing of Libya four years ago. It remains unclear whether the US now wants Norway to join in bombing raids over Syria. PHOTO: Forsvaret

Norway’s defense minstry confirmed Monday night that it has received a formal request from the US to contribute more military might to the fight against the Islamic extremist group IS. Norway already helps train Iraqi soldiers to fight IS, but now the US wants Norway to help fight IS in Syria. “I can confirm that […]

More threats close Oslo school once again

An elementary school in Oslo was closed once again on Monday, after threats were made against it via social media. Police, city, and school officials don’t think the threats are real, but decided not to take any chances. Students at the Grünerløkka School in one of the Norwegian capital’s most trendy and popular neighbourhoods were being […]

Norway’s foreign ministry charted IS hostage-takers’ ‘disgusting’ methods

Members of the terrorist organization IS not only called Norway’s foreign ministry but also sent more than a dozen emails over the past eight months, accompanied by steadily more gruesome photos of how they were abusing a Norwegian hostage. The terrorists resorted to what Norwegian officials called “disgusting and barbarian” methods, as they unsuccessfully tried to pressure the government into sending them […]

‘No reason to doubt’ executions

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said there was "no reason to doubt" IS' claims they had executed Norwegian hostage Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad. Foreign Minister Børge Brende called their treatment of their hostages "disgusting." PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

UPDATED: The Islamic extremist organization IS claimed on Wednesday that it has executed both a Norwegian and a Chinese hostage they’d captured earlier this year. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said there was “no reason to doubt” the claim, although neither Norway’s foreign ministry nor police intelligence agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) could confirm the alleged killings. Solberg and Foreign […]

Krekar, other suspects held in custody

A court in Oslo ordered Friday evening that Islamic cleric Najumuddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, and two alleged accomplices in a terror network be held in custody for up to three weeks. The court clearly found sufficient reason to hold the men based on Italian charges that they were planning terrorist attacks, but it’s […]

Disaster, children’s films ‘save’ cinemas

Norway’s hit disaster film Bølgen (The Wave) and three films for children have accounted for 80 percent of cinema vists in Norway so far this year. The four films’ success was applauded, but it means things didn’t go very well for the 26 other films produced in Norway this year. New statistics from cinema organization Film […]

PST downplays actual threats

Signe Aalling, PST

Prosecutor Signe Aalling of Norway’s police intelligence agency PST claimed at a press conference Thursday afternoon that neither Norwegian interests nor politicians have been the targets of any “acute or concrete threats” posed by Mullah Krekar’s alleged terrorist network. Aalling seemed to downplay the threats that Italian police reported earlier in the day, when announcing their […]

Krekar finally faces expulsion

Mullah Krekar has been in trouble for years, but Norwegian authorities can't legally send him back to Iraq because they have no guarantee he won't be executed there. PHOTO: Views and News

UPDATED: Norwegian authorities who’ve been trying for years to expel Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar may finally be able to do so, after Italian authorities claimed Thursday that Krekar led a terrorist network with concrete plans to attack Norway. The sensational charges, unfolding in Italy on Thursday, also maintain that several members of Krekar’s alleged network were willing to […]

NATO boss back home in Norway


Jens Stoltenberg was briefly back home in Norway this week, right when he could celebrate his first year as NATO’s secretary general. He’s busier than ever and the world seems a grimmer place, given the escalation of the civil war in Syria and Russia’s unwelcome interventions, but the man who ranks as perhaps Norway’s most popular prime […]